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From pop culture to politics to vintage novels, quintessentially American texts take their concept from the assumption of infinity. within the notable literary century inaugurated by means of Ralph Waldo Emerson, the lyric too appeared to stumble upon percentages as unlimited because the U.S. mind's eye. This increases the query: What occurs while boundlessness is greater than only a determine of speech? Exploring new horizons is something, yet really the horizon itself is anything altogether diversified. during this rigorously crafted research, James von der Heydt shines a brand new mild at the lyric craft of Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, and James Merrill and considers how their seascape-vision redefines poetry's purpose.Emerson famously freed U.S. literature from its prior and opened it as much as vastness; within the following century, a succession of really good, rigorous poets took the philosophical demanding situations of such freedom all too heavily. dealing with the unmarked horizon, Emersonian poets catch - and are captured via - a stark, astringent model of human good looks. Their uncompromising visions of limitlessness reclaim infinity's right legacy - and provides American poetry its part. Von der Heydt's e-book recovers the secret in their global.

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