Download E-books How Poets See the World: The Art of Description in Contemporary Poetry PDF

By Willard Spiegelman

Even if readers of prose fiction occasionally locate descriptive passages superfluous or dull, description itself is frequently crucial element of a poem. This publication examines how numerous modern poets use description of their paintings.
Description has been the good burden of poetry. How do poets see the realm? How do they appear at it? What do they appear for? Is description an result in itself, or a way of expressing hope? Ezra Pound demanded poem should still symbolize the exterior international as objectively and at once as attainable, and William Butler Yeats, in his advent to The Oxford publication of recent Verse (1936), stated that he and his iteration have been rebelling opposed to, inter alia, "irrelevant descriptions of nature" within the paintings in their predecessors. The poets during this booklet, besides the fact that, who're designated in lots of methods from each other, all detect the exterior global of nature or the mirrored global of paintings, and make appropriate poems out in their observations.
This research bargains with the crisp, based paintings of Charles Tomlinson, the swirling baroque poetry of Amy Clampitt, the metaphysical meditations of Charles Wright from a place in his yard, the elements experiences and landscapes of John Ashbery, and the "new manner of taking a look" that Jorie Graham proposes to discover in her more and more fragmented poems. All of those poets, plus others (Gary Snyder, Theodore Weiss, Irving Feldman, Richard Howard) who're handled extra in short, attend to what Wallace Stevens, in a memorable word, calls "the means issues glance each one day." The ordinariness of day-by-day fact is the start of the poets' personal idiosyncratic, certainly precise, visions and styles.

Show description

Read or Download How Poets See the World: The Art of Description in Contemporary Poetry PDF

Similar American Literature books

Ends of Assimilation: The Formation of Chicano Literature

Ends of Assimilation examines how Chicano literature imagines the stipulations and prices of cultural switch, arguing that its thematic preoccupation with assimilation illuminates the functionality of literature. John Alba Cutler exhibits how mid-century sociologists complex a version of assimilation that missed the interlinking of race, gender, and sexuality and characterised American tradition as homogeneous, sturdy, and extraordinary.

"Something Dreadful and Grand": American Literature and The Irish-Jewish Unconscious

Complex analogies among Irish and Jewish heritage, among Irish and Jewish subjectivities, happen with miraculous frequency all through American literature. They bear in mind James Joyce's Leopold Bloom and episodes of Ulysses, Douglas Hyde's analogies throughout the Celtic Revival among studying Hebrew and studying Irish, and a myriad of claims of an strange dating among those peoples that is going past comparisons in their respective diasporic histories.

The Interpretation of Otherness: Literature, Religion, and the American Imagination

Experiences the ways that creative literature expresses non secular that means and considers the contribution of literary feedback to non secular scholarship, preserving reciprocity exists among literature and faith.

Atrocity and Amnesia: The Political Novel since 1945

Operating intentionally opposed to the grain of assumptions dominant within the modern literary academy, Boyers examines novels by way of Günter Grass, Gabriel Garcia Márquez, Milan Kundera and others, arguing that it can be crucial to talk of personality, ethics, and philosophic objective if one is to appreciate those works.

Extra resources for How Poets See the World: The Art of Description in Contemporary Poetry

Show sample text content

Rated 4.93 of 5 – based on 20 votes