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They know "what work is" : working class individuals in the poetry of Philip Levine

Author: Jeffrey Edmond Rumiano
Publisher: 2007.
Dissertation: Ph. D. Georgia State University 2007
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Document : Thesis/dissertation : State or province government publication : eBook   Computer File : English
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For more than fifty years, Philip Levine has successfully written verse and prose on a number of subjects and themes including the complexities of familial relationships, the anarchists of the Spanish Civil War, the importance and effects of memory in life, race relations in the United States, the poet's Jewish identity, and the very struggles that writing meaningful poetry involves. A cursory look at the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Interviews
Named Person: Philip Levine; Philip Levine; Philip Levine
Material Type: Document, Thesis/dissertation, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey Edmond Rumiano
OCLC Number: 191735887
Notes: Title from file title page.
Pearl McHaney, committee chair; David Bottoms, Paul Schmidt, committee members.
Electronic text (220 p.) : digital, PDF file.
"Appendix B: Philip Levine interview with Jeff Rumiano, May 4, 2004": pages 194-220.
Details: System requirements: PC, World Wide Web browser and PDF reader.; Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Responsibility: by Jeffrey Edmond Rumiano.
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For more than fifty years, Philip Levine has successfully written verse and prose on a number of subjects and themes including the complexities of familial relationships, the anarchists of the Spanish Civil War, the importance and effects of memory in life, race relations in the United States, the poet's Jewish identity, and the very struggles that writing meaningful poetry involves. A cursory look at the scholarship on Levine's poetry reveals that these are the topics frequently discussed and analyzed. However, as anyone can recognize in the criticism on Levine's verse, Levine's reputation does not rest so much on his attention to these themes and topics as it does on his presentation of and sympathies with individuals working in the context of modern industrial society. This dissertation identifies and analyzes Levine's presentations of work and working-class individuals. Starting with the argument that more scholarship needs to be performed on Levine's poetry than what currently exists, the dissertation's first part points to Levine's reputation in and contributions to American poetry. Proceeding to undertake the further study called for in part one, the second part of the dissertation identifies representative examples of working-class elements within Levine's poetry and places them within historical context as far as poetry is concerned in general. Part three specifically looks at the ways in which Levine's poetry expresses and relates to Marx's idea that all of history revolves around the concept of class struggle. The final section of the dissertation explores how Levine's poetry represents Marx's theory of alienation among the working-class, identifying and analyzing key examples from throughout the poet's oeuvre.

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