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Everyday and prophetic : the poetry of Lowell, Ammons, Merrill, and Rich

Author: Nick Halpern
Publisher: Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, ©2003.
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"The everyday is what the prophetic poet focuses on, that is what fills him with rage, that is what he wants to transform." "Everyday and Prophetic is the first book to describe and analyze at length the complex relationship between the prophetic voice and the everyday voice in postwar and contemporary American poetry. Halpern demonstrates the ways in which the tension between these voices is centrally important to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Halpern, Nick.
Everyday and prophetic.
Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, c2003
(OCoLC)606975903
Named Person: Robert Lowell; A R Ammons; James Merrill; Adrienne Rich; Robert Lowell; A R Ammons; James Ingram Merrill; Adrienne Cecile Rich; Adrienne Cécile Rich; Robert Lowell, Schriftsteller 1917-1977.; Archie R Ammons; James Ingram Merrill; A R Ammons; James Merrill; Adrienne Rich; A R Ammons; Robert Lowell; James Merrill; Adrienne Rich
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nick Halpern
ISBN: 0299173402 9780299173401
OCLC Number: 50960726
Description: viii, 293 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: "I felt my guides no longer carried me": Robert Lowell --
"Both ways is the only way I want it": A.R. Ammons --
"Some kind of workable relation": James Merrill --
"This is what is possible": Adrienne Rich --
Conclusion: Louise Glück and Jorie Graham.
Responsibility: Nick Halpern.

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This work describes and analyses at length the prophetic voice and the everyday voice in postwar and contemporary American poetry. It considers the work of Robert Lowell, A.R. Ammons, James Merrill  Read more...

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