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A new theory for American poetry : democracy, the environment, and the future of imagination

Author: Angus Fletcher
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2004.
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Winner of the Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism, this book sounds a note of powerful, tempered optimism amid gloomy forecasts of the decline of the humanities and the death of poetry. It  Read more...

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Fletcher, Angus, 1930-
New theory for American poetry.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2004
(OCoLC)607028024
Named Person: Walt Whitman; John Clare; John Ashbery; Walt Whitman; John Clare; John Ashbery; Walt Whitman; John Ashbery; John Clare
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Angus Fletcher
ISBN: 0674012011 9780674012011 0674019881 9780674019881
OCLC Number: 52520635
Description: ix, 316 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Clare's horizon --
The arguments of form --
Description --
Ashbery's Clare --
Diurnal knowledge --
The Whitman phrase --
The environment-poem --
Waves and the troping of poetic form --
Middle voice --
Ashbery and the becoming of the poem --
Meditating chaos and complexity --
"The long amazing and unprecedented way" --
Coherence --
Precious idiosyncrasy: an epilogue.
Responsibility: Angus Fletcher.

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This is work of serious scholarship, a theory and defense of poetry that at once reveals and revels in the power and beauty of nature-based, descriptive verse. -- Barbara Fisher Boston Globe 20040125 Read more...

 
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