The Work of Poetry

Columbia University Press, 1997 - 318 sidor
The Work of Poetry is organized into three parts. "Poetic Substance" explores the nature of poetry and the poet, with essays that cover the poet "being-and-feeling-at-home" in his or her work and the parallels between dreams and poetry. Next, "Poetic Experiences" examines the relationship between the poems and the individual, whether a poet or a reader of poetry, through such writings as "Hearing and Overhearing the Psalms, " recounting Hollander's poetic childhood, and "My Poetic Generation." The final chapters, "The Work of Poets, " deal with the poets themselves, and it is here that Hollander gives insightful readings of the works of Whitman, Robert Penn Warren, and others. Readers who have struggled with the verse of poets like John Ashbery will be grateful for Hollander's masterful readings. They will also discover the enchantment this visionary poet can create from a seemingly dry topic, like the preposition "of, " and the clarity he imparts to such contested and ambiguous topics as originality. Serious admirers and students of verse who seek to comprehend its subtleties will find The Work of Poetry a rich and moving source of wisdom.

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Cautionary words about poetry from an idiosyncratic and surprising critic and poet. Hollander, usually regarded as a conservative observer of things poetic, both lives up to his reputation and defies ... Läs hela recensionen

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Hollander (English, Yale), a recipient of the Bollingen Prize in 1983 and a five-year MacArthur Fellowship, has written a treatise on poetry that would never be considered easy reading. Of course ... Läs hela recensionen


Acknowledgments xi
One The Work of Poetry 3
Three A Poetry of Restitution 39
Four What You Mean by Home 64
Five Dreaming Poetry 78
Eight On A Childs Garden ofVerses 129
Ten Discovering Wallace Stevens 152
Eleven O Heavy Verse The Shopwork of the Workshops 160
On Dante Gabriel Rossetti 190
Carrolls Quest Romance 200
Jean Ingelows
A Late Appreciation 235
Robert Perm
Some Remarks

Twelve Whitmans Difficult Availability 177

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John Hollander has edited several Everyman's Library Pocket Poet volumes, including "Robert Frost", "Christmas Poems", "War Poems", "Marriage Poems", "Animal Poems", & "Garden Poems". He is the A. Bartlett Biamatti Professor of English at Yale University, & the author of numerous books of poetry & criticism. He was made a MacArthur Fellow in 1990.

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