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Poet's Work : 29 Poets on the Origins and Practice of Their Art - Reginald Gibbons

Poet's Work

29 Poets on the Origins and Practice of Their Art

By: Reginald Gibbons (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st January 1979
ISBN: 9780226290546
Number Of Pages: 320

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"This anthology brings together essays by 20th-century poets on their own art: some concern themselves with its deep sources and ultimate justifications; others deal with technique, controversies among schools, the experience behind particular poems. The great Modernists of most countries are presented here--Paul Valery, Federico Garcia Lorca, Boris Pasternak, Fernando Pessoa, Eugenio Montale, Wallace Stevens--as are a range of younger, less eminent figures from the English-speaking world: Seamus Heaney, Denise Levertov, Wendell Berry. . . . The reader will find here a lively debate over the individualistic and the communal ends served by poetry, and over other issues that divide poets: inspiration and craft; the use or the condemnation of science; traditional and 'organic' form."--Alan Williamson, "New York Times Book Review

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Reginald Gibbons, critic and translator, has gathered 29 essays by 20th-century poets into a collection unusual for its breadth - from William Carlos Williams on projectivist verse, to Osip Mandelstam on "The Word and Culture," to Robert Duncan on "Poetry and Science," to Delmore Schwartz on "The Vocation of the Poet in the Modern World" - plus poems about writing from Marianne Moore and Czeslaw Milosz. Eliot and Pound are noticeably absent (except as referral points); Gibbons has selected less available works, including some previously untranslated - George Seferis and Luis Cernuda appear along with pieces by Auden, Jarrell, Wallace Stevens, and Hart Crane. And he provides a selective reading list and short biographies as well. The essays are impressionistic rather than academic, and do not fall into standard critical categories - though the volume has, rather artificially, been divided into two parts: Theory and Practice. But nothing can stop Dylan Thomas or Gary Snyder from talking about nearly everything else when the subject is poetry, so theory of metaphor and fine points of prosody are woven into childhood memories and discussions of Zen. (Wallace Stevens tells us that "Fuseli used to eat raw beef at night before going to bed in order that his dreams might attain a beefy violence.") Fortunately, even the diary extracts and interviews are free from the parochial gossip that plagues so much discussion of poets and poetry. On the whole, Gibbons has assembled a temperate and reflective collection; and in rare instances - Lorca's essay about the Duende, the devil-muse of poets, or Marianne Moore's brilliant defense of idiosyncrasy - the essayist and the poet are one, and criticism is creation. (Kirkus Reviews)

Origins: The Sources and Motives of PoetryCzeslaw Milosz, Ars Poetica?
Toward Explaining Heteronymy
The Word & Culture
Some Statements Federico García Lorca
The Duende: Theory and Divertissement
Words Before a Reading
The Irrational Element in Poetry René Char
from The Formal Share
from Intentions (Imaginary Interview)
from A Poet's Journal
The Vocation of the Poet in the Modern World
What Is Not Poetry?
The Three Faces of Love
Poetry and Science Günter Kunert
Why Write
The Specialization of Poetry
Practice: The Poet's
from Notes on Poetry
A Poet's Notebook
General Aims and Theories
Poetic Manifesto William
Projective Verse and The
The Pleasures of Formal Poetry
Idiosyncrasy and Technique
The Woman at the Washington
Some Notes on Organic Form
Notes on Poetic Form Seamus Heaney
Feelings into Words
The Real Work (Excerpts from an Interview) A Very Selective Reading
List Notes on the Poets and Selections
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ISBN: 9780226290546
ISBN-10: 0226290549
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st January 1979
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 2

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