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The Didactic Muse : Scenes of Instruction in Contemporary American Poetry

Author: Willard Spiegelman
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [1989] ©1989
Series: Princeton legacy library
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Writing with the vigor and elan that readers have come to expect from his many astute reviews and essays, Willard Spiegelman maintains that contemporary American poets have returned to the poetic aims of an earlier era: to edify, as well as to delight, and thus to serve the "didactic muse." What Spiegelman says about individual poets--such as Nemerov, Hecht, Ginsberg, Pinsky, Ammons, Rich, and Merrill, among  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Spiegelman, Willard.
Didactic muse : scenes of instruction in contemporary American poetry.
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [1989]
xi, 278 pages ; 25 cm
(DLC) 10900085
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Willard Spiegelman
ISBN: 9781400860265 1400860261 9780691067995 0691067996 9780691014609 0691014604 0691606900 9780691606903
OCLC Number: 999360128
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource (290 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Frontmatter --
CONTENTS --
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS --
ONE. Introduction: W.H. Auden's "New Year Letter" --
TWO. The Tempered Tone of Howard Nemerov --
THREE. The Moral Imperative in Anthony Hecht, Allen Ginsberg, and Robert Pinsky --
FOUR. Myths of Concretion, Myths of Abstraction: The Case of A.R. Ammons --
FIVE. "Driving to the Limits of the City of Words": The Poetry of Adrienne Rich --
SIX. The Sacred Books of James Merrill --
SEVEN. Some Speculations in Place of a Conclusion --
NOTES --
INDEX.
Series Title: Princeton legacy library
Responsibility: Willard Spiegelman.
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Writing with the vigor and elan that readers have come to expect from his many astute reviews and essays, Willard Spiegelman maintains that contemporary American poets have returned to the poetic aims of an earlier era: to edify, as well as to delight, and thus to serve the "didactic muse." What Spiegelman says about individual poets--such as Nemerov, Hecht, Ginsberg, Pinsky, Ammons, Rich, and Merrill, among others--is wonderfully insightful. Furthermore, his outlook on their work--the way he takes quite literally the teacherly elements of their poems--challenges long-standing conceptions both about contemporary writing and about the poetry of the Eliot-Pound-Stevens-Williams generation. Beginning the book with a meditation on W.H. Auden's legacy to American poets, Spiegelman ends with a discussion of the multiple scenes of learning in Merrill's The Changing Light at Sandover, which he identifies as not only the major epic poem of the second half of the twentieth century but also as the period's most important georgic: a textbook full of scientific, mythic, artistic, and human instruction. The Didactic Muse reminds us that poets have traditionally acknowledged their function as teachers, from Horace's advice that poetry should please and instruct to Robert Frost's aphorism that a poem "begins in delight and ends in wisdom." Whereas many of the critical remarks of the most important Romantic and modern poets suggest their desperate attempts to separate poetry from instruction, Spiegelman demonstrates that their practices often contradicted their theories. And he shows that our best contemporary poets are now embracing the older, classical paradigms. Originally published in 1989. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

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