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News of the universe : poems of twofold consciousness

Author: Robert Bly
Publisher: San Francisco : Sierra Club Books, ©1980.
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Publisher's description: Acclaimed poet and translator Robert Bly, known most recently for gatherings in which he guides men to greater self-knowledge, has created a unique multicultural collection of 150 poems that demonstrate the union of spirit between the poet and the natural world. Their "twofold" nature celebrates inner and outer consciousness, the participation of the object in the poetic vision. In this  Read more...
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News of the universe.
San Francisco : Sierra Club Books, ©1980
(OCoLC)566176053
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Bly
ISBN: 0871561980 9780871561985 0871561999 9780871561992
OCLC Number: 4932914
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xiv, 305 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: The old position --
The attack on the old position --
Poems of twofold consciousness, early twentieth century --
Poems of twofold consciousness, 1945-1979 --
The object poem --
Leaving the house.
Responsibility: chosen and introduced by Robert Bly.

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Publisher's description: Acclaimed poet and translator Robert Bly, known most recently for gatherings in which he guides men to greater self-knowledge, has created a unique multicultural collection of 150 poems that demonstrate the union of spirit between the poet and the natural world. Their "twofold" nature celebrates inner and outer consciousness, the participation of the object in the poetic vision. In this splendid anthology, Bly introduces the poems with extensive commentary to show society's changing attitudes toward nature - a movement away from anthropocentric assumptions fostered by Descartes, the church, imperial ambitions, and the rise of technology. Those beliefs held that human thought was the only sentient force in the universe and resulted in the subjugation of the natural world to the designs of the human intellect. Starting with the works of Pope, Swift, Milton, and others representing the "old position," the volume proceeds to the poetry of Blake, Hl̲derlin, Rilke, Goethe, Keats, and on to the enlightened sensibilities of Rexroth, Levertov, Berry, and, among many others, Bly himself. Bly's translations of Goethe, Rilke, Neruda, Lorca, Jimňez, Nerval, and others provide cross-cultural examples. The news this poetry brings is good news - of consciousness operating outside our own, all around us, and universally available to receptive spirits.

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