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|Genre/Form:||Criticism, interpretation, etc
|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Hoeppner, Edward Haworth.
Echoes and moving fields.
Lewisburg, Pa. : Bucknell University Press ; London ; Cranbury, NJ : Associated University Presses, ©1994
|Named Person:||W S Merwin; John Ashbery; John Ashbery; W S Merwin; William Stanley Merwin; John Ashbery; William S Merwin; John Ashbery; John Ashbery; William S Merwin|
|Material Type:||Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Book, Internet Resource|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Edward Haworth Hoeppner
|Description:||259 pages ; 24 cm|
|Contents:||A nest of bones --
Time's bemused atlas --
Language for the dead --
Peripheral vision --
Shadows and glass --
|Responsibility:||Edward Haworth Hoeppner.|
A detailed treatment of mirror imagery illustrates how Merwin and Ashbery comment on the progress from "insufficiency" to "anticipation," which Jacques Lacan attributes to the mirror stage. Merwin has mirrors reflect a missing or amputated body in order to evoke a prelinguistic identity that vision cannot apprehend, while Ashbery turns on the specular image because it proves too well that "everything is surface." Language is itself a reflective medium, so that the difficulties posed by mirrors are a model for the problems of subjectivity generated by writing, problems especially evident in Merwin's and Ashbery's poetry. Echoes and Moving Fields concludes by arguing that the written word has always cast the self into suspicion. Merwin begins to recuperate from disembodiment by identifying himself with place and tribe in The Rain in the Trees; and Ashbery, in A Wave, turns belatedly on the subject trapped in deferral - but both poets continue to struggle with the political grounds for identity encoded in the two "non-referential" extremes of writing.
- American poetry -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
- Merwin, W. S. -- (William Stanley), -- 1927- -- Criticism and interpretation.
- Ashbery, John, -- 1927- -- Criticism and interpretation.
- Subjectivity in literature.
- Poetics -- History -- 20th century.
- Ashbery, John, -- 1927-
- Merwin, W. S. -- (William Stanley), -- 1927-
- American poetry.
- Merwin, William Stanley, -- (1927- ...) -- Critique et interprétation.
- Ashbery, John, -- (1927- ...) -- Critique et interprétation.
- Poésie américaine -- 20e siècle -- Histoire et critique.
- Merwin, William S.
- Ashbery, John.
- Ashbery, John, -- 1927-.
- Merwin, William S., -- 1927-.