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Poetry And Commitment

Author : Adrienne Rich
ISBN : 0393079724
Genre : Poetry
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In the traditional of great literary manifestos, Norton is proud to present this powerful work by Adrienne Rich. With passion, critical questioning, and humor, Adrienne Rich suggests how poetry has actually been lived in the world, past and present. In this essay, which was the basis for her speech upon accepting the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, she ranges among themes including poetry's disparagement as "either immoral or unprofitable," the politics of translation, how poetry enters into extreme situations, different poetries as conversations across place and time. In its openness to many voices, Poetry and Commitment offers a perspective on poetry in an ever more divided and violent world. "I hope never to idealize poetry—it has suffered enough from that. Poetry is not a healing lotion, an emotional massage, a kind of linguistic aromatherapy. Neither is it a blueprint, nor an instruction manual, nor a billboard."
Category: Poetry

Responsibility And Commitment

Author : Tiang Hong Ee
ISBN : 997169204X
Genre : Poetry
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The author examines the changing thematic and stylistic concerns in the poetry of Edwin Thumboo. Ee identifies and analyses in the context of social and historical change.
Category: Poetry

Spanish Writers Of 1936

Author : Jaime Ferrán
ISBN : UCAL:B4934660
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Category: Literary Criticism

Politics And Verbal Play

Author : Martha LaFollette Miller
ISBN : 0838635520
Genre : Literary Criticism
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In Politics and Verbal Play Martha LaFollette Miller traces the evolution of the poetry of Angel Gonzalez from his early existential and social period through later works that draw heavily on verbal and conceptual play for their effect. Born in Oviedo, Spain, in 1925, Gonzalez has been recognized as one of the foremost poets of his generation in that country. From the beginning, his work has combined social criticism (most often expressed through irony) with an intense lyricism (mostly elegiac in tone). Though social and elegiac elements have never completely disappeared from his work, his poetry in the late sixties began to undergo a significant transformation. As he describes this process, his loss of hope for political change in Spain led to his abandonment of faith in the poetic word. Moving away from poetry based on a fusion of everyday experiences and universal history, he entered the world of literary games. Instead of mirroring personal history or events in the world, he turned toward poetic jokes, verbal play, and parody. As the poet himself has noted, he converted his critique of society into a critique of language and his own powers of expression. Miller bases her study of Gonzalez's evolution on what might be termed post-modern critical foundations: the notion that literary works do not spring from the author as rational source, but rather from a complex web of historical, literary, linguistic, and intellectual realities in which the author is enmeshed and the reader/audience/critic also implicated.
Category: Literary Criticism

Literature And Politics In The Central American Revolutions

Author : John Beverley
ISBN : UTEXAS:059173017252090
Genre : Central American poetry
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A study of the co-evolution of both the literary and political cultures in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. Beverly and Zimmerman discuss the theories of the relationship between literature, ideology, and politics, applying them to the rise of revolutionary organizations in Central America. Paper edition (74672-5), $12.95. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Category: Central American poetry


Author : Annie Finch
ISBN : 9780819573636
Genre : Poetry
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Annie Finch’s Spells brings together her most memorable and striking poems written over forty years. Finch’s uniquely mysterious voice moves through the book, revealing insights on the classic themes of love, spirituality, death, nature, and the patterns of time. A feminist and pagan, Finch writes poems as “spells” that bring readers to experience words not just in the mind, but in the body. Celebrated for her extraordinary love and knowledge of poetic craft, over the course of her career Finch has shaped her own innovative and radically traditional aesthetic. Her strange but familiar metrical language decenters the Self, creating a new, more open emotional relationship between ourselves, other people, and the world. Spells displays Finch’s virtuosity in a broad range of genres and forms, from lyrics, chants, and narrative poems to performance pieces, poetic drama, and verse translation. The book also includes a number of new and previously unpublished poems, notably her 1980s-era “Lost Poems,” experimental work in meter that prefigures postmodern reclamations of poetic form. This wonderfully talented poet gives voice to the female and earth-centered spirituality of our era. Her emotionally eloquent and rhetorically powerful work will echo in the reader’s ear long after the book is closed. Check for the online reader’s companion at http://spells.site.wesleyan.edu.
Category: Poetry

A Human Eye Essays On Art In Society 1997 2008

Author : Adrienne Rich
ISBN : 0393071391
Genre : Literary Collections
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“Adrienne Rich is the Blake of American letters.”—Nadine Gordimer Across more than three decades Adrienne Rich’s essays have been praised for their lucidity, courage, and range of concerns. In A Human Eye, Rich examines a diverse selection of writings and their place in past and present social disorders and transformations. Beyond literary theories, she explores from many angles how the arts of language have acted on and been shaped by their creators’ worlds.
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Hunting Men

Author : Dave Smith
ISBN : 9780807131824
Genre : Literary Collections
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This overview of poetry in America, written by a major contemporary poet who has served in the front lines of the poetry wars for over four decades, brings the story into the present in a manner only possible for a practioner of the art who is also a powerful critic. --James Applewhite.
Category: Literary Collections