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The grounding of American poetry : Charles Olson and the Emersonian tradition

Author: Stephen Fredman
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1993.
Series: Cambridge studies in American literature and culture, 67.
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"Stephen Fredman asserts in his latest work that American poetry is groundless - that each generation of American poets faces the problem of identity anew and must discover for itself fresh meaning. His argument focuses on four pairs of poets - Eliot/Williams, Thoreau/Olson, Emerson/Duncan, and Whitman/Creeley - and points out that although Williams, Olson, Duncan, and Creeley are all influenced by these  Read more...
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Named Person: Charles Olson; Ralph Waldo Emerson; Charles Olson; Ralph Waldo Emerson; Ralph Waldo Emerson; Charles Olson
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Fredman
ISBN: 0521443032 9780521443036
OCLC Number: 27034317
Description: xii, 170 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Williams, Eliot, and American tradition. "Tradition ... cannot be inherited" "The premise that serves to fix us fixes also that part of them which we remember" "The otherness of tradition" --
2. Finding out for oneself. "Face to face to a fact" "One saturation job" "The attention, and / the care" "A certain doubleness by which I stand as remote from myself as from another" --
3. Resistance and poetic community. "Ground, wall, cannon, tower" "To find the secret of it" "I take it wisdom, like style, is the man" "Everything issues from the Black Chrysanthemum" Self-exile and the community --
4. The poetics of recognition. "If men constructed their dwellings with their own hands" "A whole series of new recognitions" "Maximus to Gloucester, Letter 15" "He goes to war with a picture". 5. Circles and boundaries. "The real has just these boundaries we are willing to imagine" "Transgressing the Real" "Eris in Eros" --
6. Conclusion. Endlessly rocking: Creeley and Whitman on repetition. "To realize the world anew": Five alternative grounding modes.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in American literature and culture, 67.
Responsibility: Stephen Fredman.
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"Stephen Fredman asserts in his latest work that American poetry is groundless - that each generation of American poets faces the problem of identity anew and must discover for itself fresh meaning. His argument focuses on four pairs of poets - Eliot/Williams, Thoreau/Olson, Emerson/Duncan, and Whitman/Creeley - and points out that although Williams, Olson, Duncan, and Creeley are all influenced by these predecessors to some extent, ultimately their poetry is, paradoxically, grounded in an essential groundlessness." "In order to demonstrate how approaches to groundlessness have persisted over time, Fredman explores the various measures taken by these American poets to provide a provisional ground upon which to construct their poetry: inventing idiosyncratic traditions, forming poetic communities, engaging in polemical prose, assessing all the dimensions of particular places, and treating words as emblematic and mysterious objects. At the very core of the book stands Charles Olson, whose work so dramatically articulates the whole range of issues arising from the American poet's anxious search for, and resistance to, an authentic and unified tradition."--Jacket.

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