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The Cure of Poetry in an Age of Prose : Moral Essays on the Poet's Calling - Mary Kinzie

The Cure of Poetry in an Age of Prose

Moral Essays on the Poet's Calling

Paperback Published: 1st January 1993
ISBN: 9780226437361
Number Of Pages: 352

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The role of the poet, Mary Kinzie writes, is to engage the most profound subjects with the utmost in expressive clarity. The role of the critic is to follow the poet, word for word, into the arena where the creative struggle occurs. How this mutual purpose is served, ideally and practically, is the subject of this bracingly polemical collection of essays.
A distinguished poet and critic, Kinzie assesses poetry's situation during the past twenty-five years. Ours, she contends, is literally a prosaic age, not only in the popularity of prose genres but in the resultant compromises with truth and elegance in literature. In essays on "the rhapsodic fallacy," confessionalism, and the romance of perceptual response, Kinzie diagnoses some of the trends that diminish the poet's flexibility. Conversely, she also considers individual poets--Randall Jarrell, Elizabeth Bishop, Howard Nemerov, Seamus Heaney, and John Ashbery--who have found ingenious ways of averting the risks of prosaism and preserving the special character of poetry.
Focusing on poet Louise Bogan and novelist J. M. Coetzee, Kinzie identifies a crucial and curative overlap between the practices of great prose-writing and great poetry. In conclusion, she suggests a new approach for teaching writers of poetry "and" fiction. Forcefully argued, these essays will be widely read and debated among critics and poets alike.

The Level of Words
The Rhapsodic Fallacy
Three Essays on Confession
Pure Feeling
Pure Pain
Applied Poetry
A New Sweetness: Randall Jarrell and Elizabeth Bishop
The Romance of the Perceptual: The Legacy of Wallace Stevens
The Signatures of Things: On Howard Nemerov
Deeper Than Declared: On Seamus Heaney
"Irreference": On John Ashbery
The Cure of Poetry
Conclusion: The Poet's Calling: On a New Model of Literary Apprenticeship
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ISBN: 9780226437361
ISBN-10: 0226437361
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st January 1993
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 2

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