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E. E. Cummings' modernism and the classics : each imperishable stanza

Author: J Alison Rosenblitt
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2016. ©2016
Series: Classical presences.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"This volume is a major, ground-breaking study of the modernist E. E. Cummings' engagement with the classics. With his experimental form and syntax, his irreverence, and his rejection of the highbrow, there are probably few current readers who would name Cummings if asked to identify 20th-century Anglophone poets in the Classical tradition. But for most of his life, and even for ten or twenty years after his death,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: E E Cummings; E E Cummings; E E Cummings
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J Alison Rosenblitt
ISBN: 9780198767152 0198767153
OCLC Number: 935690582
Awards: Winner of Joint Winner of the 2018 First Book Award, Classical Association of the Midwest and South.
Description: xxii, 370 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Machine generated contents note: E.E. CUMMINGS AS A CLASSICAL POET --
1. Preface --
2. Cummings and the Classics --
1. Cummings at Harvard --
2. Reading Cummings as a Classical Poet --
3. 1910s Modernism and Classical Continuities --
4. Language and Syntax --
3. 'Smoking centuries of hecatombs': Cummings and Translation --
1. Latin Seasonality and Greek Eternity --
2. Metre and Form --
CHILDHOOD, HARVARD, AND PAGANISM --
4. Pagan World of Goat-footed Pan --
1. Fauns --
2. 'the goat-footed balloonMan' --
5. Classics and Childhood: Protectors and Transgressors --
1. Classics and Classicists in Adventures in Value --
2. 'Saints and satyrs' --
GREAT WAR AND BEYOND --
6. 'A twilight smelling of Vergil': Cummings, Classics, and the Great War --
1. War as an Idea --
2. 'Dusty heroisms' --
3. 'Ca Pue' --
4. Looking Back --
7. 'Let not thy lust one threaded moment lose': Death in the Meadow --
1. Exquisite Annihilation --
2. Pastoral Death --
3. Nine Songs of Death --
4. Cummings' 'Songs' and H.D.'s Sea Garden --
8. 'Cast like Euridyce one brief look behind': The Post-War World --
1. Moving on --
2. Carpe Diem in a Post-War World --
3. 'Fields slowly Elysian' --
4. Suicide --
CUMMINGS, CLASSICS, AND MODERNISM --
9. Modernity and Antiquity: 'smite the sounding bollox' --
1. From Plato to Cezanne: Movement and Bulge --
2. White Marble and Busted Statues --
3. Tears Eliot --
10. Homeric Affair: Reflections on the Ambitions of Modernism --
1. Romantic Poet-lover --
2. Epic Ambitions --
3. Homer, Milton, Blake --
4. Callimachean Defiance --
5. Major Poetry --
Afterword --
TRANSLATIONS, FURTHER VERSE, AND PROSE BY E.E. CUMMINGS --
Translations from Horace's Odes --
Translations from Sophocles --
Translations from Euripides --
Translation from Aeschylus --
Translations from the Odyssey --
Translation exercise from Euripides' Hecuba --
Further Verse --
`Invocation (Alcaics)' --
Untitled Parody of The Waste Land --
Prose --
`The Greek Spirit' --
`The Young Faun' --
Editing the Unpublished Work --
1. Principles of Selection --
2. Presentation of the Translations --
3. Editing the Parody of The Waste Land --
4. About the Visual Art.
Series Title: Classical presences.
Responsibility: J. Alison Rosenblitt.

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