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Howard Nemerov and objective idealism : the influence of Owen Barfield

Author: Donna L Potts
Publisher: Columbia : University of Missouri Press, ©1994.
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Poet Laureate from 1988 to 1990, Howard Nemerov (1920-1991) was one of the most widely honored poets in America. He remains one of the few modern American poets (perhaps comparable only to Robert Frost) who has a wide following both within and beyond the confines of the university. This appeal is due in part to Nemerov's eclectic taste, which led him to seek metaphors and themes from many seemingly nonliterary
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Potts, Donna L., 1962-
Howard Nemerov and objective idealism.
Columbia : University of Missouri Press, ©1994
(OCoLC)624393486
Named Person: Howard Nemerov; Owen Barfield; Howard Nemerov; Owen Barfield; Owen Barfield; Howard Nemerov; Howard Nemerov; Owen Barfield; Owen Barfield; Howard Nemerov
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Donna L Potts
ISBN: 0826209629 9780826209627
OCLC Number: 29877152
Description: xii, 107 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. "The Mind's Eye Lit the Sun": Imagination as the Agent of Reality --
2. "Spelling a World Unsaid": Language as the Intermediary between Mind and World --
3. "The Place of Value in a World of Fact": Nemerov and the Dilemma of Science.
Responsibility: Donna L. Potts.

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