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The terror of our days : four American poets respond to the Holocaust

Author: Harriet L Parmet
Publisher: Bethlehem [Pa.] : Lehigh University Press ; London : Associated University Presses, ©2001.
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"The Holocaust remains incomprehensible to the world at large and without a compelling claim on most people's lives. By contrast the term "Holocaust" occupies a central place in Jewish vocabulary, and it is kept current in American letters and film. This book reflects on and analyzes poetry by four contemporary Americans - Sylvia Plath, William Heyen, Gerald Stern, and Jerome Rothenberg - none of whom directly  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Parmet, Harriet L.
Terror of our days.
Bethlehem [Pa.] : Lehigh University Press ; London : Associated University Presses, ©2001
(OCoLC)606516567
Named Person: Sylvia Plath; William Heyen; Gerald Stern; Jerome Rothenberg; Sylvia Plath; William Heyen; Gerald Stern; Jerome Rothenberg; William Heyen; Sylvia Plath; Jerome Rothenberg; Gerald Stern
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Harriet L Parmet
ISBN: 0934223637 9780934223638
OCLC Number: 44841496
Notes: Based on the author's doctoral dissertation (Lehigh University).
Description: 268 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: key critical and literary approaches to Holocaust literature --
The confessional poetry of Sylvia Plath and William Heyen: searching for expiation, identification, and communion with the victims --
Gerald Stern weeps and mourns and eulogizes: Holocaust poetry as catharsis for guilt --
Jerome Rothenberg and the quest to assuage familial loss: poetry as an alternative to silence --
Conclusion: finding the words.
Responsibility: Harriet L. Parmet.

Abstract:

"The Holocaust remains incomprehensible to the world at large and without a compelling claim on most people's lives. By contrast the term "Holocaust" occupies a central place in Jewish vocabulary, and it is kept current in American letters and film. This book reflects on and analyzes poetry by four contemporary Americans - Sylvia Plath, William Heyen, Gerald Stern, and Jerome Rothenberg - none of whom directly experienced the war of annihilation directed against European Jewry. For these poets, who must accommodate what they cannot ignore or deny, writing becomes a moral obligation as commemoration, catharsis, atonement, history, insistence on human sensitivities, resistance to brutalization, indifference, and flight from consequences."--Jacket.

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