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By Angus Fletcher

Amid gloomy forecasts of the decline of the arts and the loss of life of poetry, Angus Fletcher, a smart and committed literary voice, sounds a be aware of robust, tempered optimism. He lays out a clean method of American poetry at huge, the 1st in different a long time, expounding a safeguard of the paintings that might resonate good into the hot century.

Breaking with the drained behavior of treating American poets because the satisfied or rebellious young children of eu romanticism, Fletcher uncovers a different lineage for American poetry. His aspect of departure is the interesting English author, John Clare; he then facilities at the substantially American imaginative and prescient expressed via Emerson and Walt Whitman. With Whitman this booklet insists that "the complete idea and nature of poetry" wishes suggestion from technological know-how whether it is to accomplish a very democratic vista. Drawing variously on Complexity thought and on basics of paintings and grammar, Fletcher argues that our best poetry is nature-based, environmentally formed, and descriptive in goal, allowing poets like John Ashbery and different contemporaries to find a mysterious pragmatism.

Intense, resonant, and deeply literary, this account of an American poetics indicates how contemporary consumerist and conformist tradition subverts the mind's eye of a unfastened humans. whereas centering on American imaginative and prescient, the argument extends our horizon, impressive a blow opposed to all economically sanctioned assaults upon the finer, improved human capacities. Poetry, the writer continues, is crucial to any coherent imaginative and prescient of life.

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