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Soul says : on recent poetry

Author: Helen Vendler
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1995.
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To know the poetry of our time, to look through its lenses and filters, is to see our lives illuminated. In these eloquent essays on recent American, British, and Irish poetry, Helen Vendler shows us contemporary life and culture captured in lyric form by some of our most celebrated poets. An incomparable reader of poetry, Vendler explains its power; it is, she says, the voice of the soul rather than the socially  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Vendler, Helen, 1933-
Soul says.
Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1995
(OCoLC)624218919
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Helen Vendler
ISBN: 0674821467 9780674821460 0674821475 9780674821477
OCLC Number: 31514667
Description: viii, 266 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: The reversed pietà: Allen Ginsberg's "Kaddish" --
Flower power: Louise Glück's The Wild iris --
Veracity unshaken: A.R. Ammons'Sumerian vistas --
Recomposed and clarified: James Merrill's The Inner room --
Southern weather: Dave Smith --
Huge pits of darkness, high peaks of lights: Robinson Jeffers --
New York pastoral: James Schuyler --
Imagination pressing back: Frank Bidart, Albert Goldbarth, and Amy Clampitt --
Election and reprobation: Donald Davie's Collected poems --
A world of foreboding: Charles Simic --
American Zen: Gary Snyder's No nature --
A steely glitter chasing shadows: John Ashbery's Flow chart --
A dissonant triad: Henri Cole, Rita Dove, and August Kleinzahler --
The black dove: Rita Dove, poet laureate --
Drawn to figments and occasion: Lucie Brock-Broido's A Hunger --
Second thoughts: Seamus Heaney's The Haw lantern --
A wounded man falling towards me: Seamus Heaney's The Government of the tongue --
Earth and ethereality: Seamus Henry's Selected poems, 1966-1987 --
Mapping the air: Adrienne Rich and Jorie Graham --
Married to hurry and grim song: Jorie Graham's The End of beauty --
Fin-de-siècle poetry: Jorie Graham.
Responsibility: Helen Vendler.

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To know the poetry of our time, to look through its lenses and filters, is to see our lives illuminated. In these eloquent essays on recent American, British, and Irish poetry, Helen Vendler shows us contemporary life and culture captured in lyric form by some of our most celebrated poets. An incomparable reader of poetry, Vendler explains its power; it is, she says, the voice of the soul rather than the socially marked self speaking directly to us through the stylization of verse. "Soul Says," the title of a poem by Jorie Graham, is thus the name of this collection.

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