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Coming of age as a poet : Milton, Keats, Eliot, Plath

Author: Helen Vendler
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2003.
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"To find a personal style is, for a writer, to become adult; and to write one's first "perfect" poem - a poem that wholly and successfully embodies that style - is to come of age as a poet. By looking at the precedents, circumstances, and artistry of the first perfect poems composed by John Milton, John Keats, T.S. Eliot, and Sylvia Plath, Coming of Age as a Poet offers rare insight into this mysterious process, and  Read more...
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Vendler, Helen, 1933-
Coming of age as a poet.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2003
(OCoLC)606935104
Named Person: T S Eliot; John Milton; John Keats; Sylvia Plath; John Milton; John Keats; T S Eliot; Sylvia Plath; T S Eliot; John Milton; John Keats; Sylvia Plath; John Keats; Thomas S Eliot; Sylvia Plath; John Milton
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Helen Vendler
ISBN: 0674010248 9780674010246
OCLC Number: 50143299
Description: 174 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Contents: John Milton : the elements of happiness --
John Keats : perfecting the sonnet --
T.S. Eliot : inventing Prufrock --
Sylvia Plath : reconstructing the Colossus.
Responsibility: Helen Vendler.
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"To find a personal style is, for a writer, to become adult; and to write one's first "perfect" poem - a poem that wholly and successfully embodies that style - is to come of age as a poet. By looking at the precedents, circumstances, and artistry of the first perfect poems composed by John Milton, John Keats, T.S. Eliot, and Sylvia Plath, Coming of Age as a Poet offers rare insight into this mysterious process, and into the indispensable period of learning and experimentation that precedes such poetic achievement." "Milton's L'Allegro, Keats's On First Looking into Chapman's Homer, Eliot's The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, and Plath's The Colossus are the poems that Helen Vendler considers, exploring each as an accession to poetic confidence, mastery, and maturity. In meticulous and sympathetic readings of the poems, and with reference to earlier youthful compositions, she delineates the context and the terms of each poet's self-discovery - and illuminates the private, intense, and ultimately heroic effort and endurance that precede the creation of any memorable poem."--Jacket.

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