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The poetics of the everyday : creative repetition in modern American verse

Author: Siobhan Phillips
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2010.
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Focusing on the poems of Wallace Stevens, Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, and James Merrill, Siobhan Phillips positions everyday time as a vital category in modernist aesthetics, American literature, and poetic theory. She eloquently reveals how, through particular but related means, each of these poets converts the necessity of quotidian experience into an aesthetic and experiential opportunity. In Stevens,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Robert Frost; Wallace Stevens; Elizabeth Bishop; James Merrill; Elizabeth Bishop; Robert Frost; James Merrill; Wallace Stevens; Elizabeth Bishop; Robert Frost; James Ingram Merrill; Wallace Stevens; Robert Frost; Wallace Stevens; Elizabeth (Schriftstellerin) Bishop; James Ingram Merrill; Robert Frost; Wallace Stevens; Elizabeth Bishop; James Merrill
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Siobhan Phillips
ISBN: 9780231149303 0231149301 9780231520294 0231520298
OCLC Number: 320798914
Description: xvii, 319 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: The Poetics of Everyday Time --
1. The Middle Living of Robert Frost --
2. The Faithful Mode of Wallace Stevens --
3. The Everyday Elegies of Elizabeth Bishop --
4. The Cosmic Dawnings of James Merrill --
Conclusion: Everyday Pasts and Everyday Futures.
Responsibility: Siobhan Phillips.

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Focusing on the poems of Wallace Stevens, Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, and James Merrill, Siobhan Phillips positions everyday time as a vital category in modernist aesthetics, American literature, and poetic theory. She eloquently reveals how, through particular but related means, each of these poets converts the necessity of quotidian experience into an aesthetic and experiential opportunity. In Stevens, Phillips analyzes the implications of cyclic dualism. In Frost, she explains the theoretical depth of a habitual "middle way." In Bishop's work, she identifies the attempt to turn recurrent mornings into a "ceremony" rather than a sentence, and in Merrill, she shows how cosmic theories rely on daily habits. Phillips ultimately demonstrates that a poetics of everyday time contributes not only to a richer understanding of these four writers but also to descriptions of their era, estimations of their genre, and ongoing reconfigurations of the issues that literature reflects and illuminates.

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A compelling study of the function of "everyday time" in the works of Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens, Elizabeth Bishop, and James Merril... Recommended. Choice

 
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