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Fine incisions : essays on poetry and place

Author: Eric L Ormsby
Publisher: Erin, Ont. : Porcupine's Quill, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Essay : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Fine Incisions is a collection of twenty-four gracious, intelligent and occasionally fractious essays, wide-ranging in their interests and rigorous in their analyses. Ormsby's reverence for language is luminously clear as he examines his international travels, the work of James Merrill, the state of North American literary criticism and more in a series of essays as vivacious as they are provocative.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Eric L Ormsby; Eric L Ormsby; Eric L Ormsby
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eric L Ormsby
ISBN: 0889843341 9780889843349
OCLC Number: 607986424
Notes: Preface Shadow Language: Foreign Accents in English Poetry Passionate Syntax (William Butler Yeats) The King of Never-To-Be (Walter De la Mare) Butterfly on a Wheel (Bob Dylan) Gilded Totems (James Merrill) Mosquitoes in Eden (Richard Outram) Ultimate Distillations (Daryl Hine) Ancient Chills (Elizabeth Bishop) An Austere Opulence (Geoffrey Hill) Fine Incisions: Reflections on Reviewing Delousing the Soul (J.-K. Huysmans) The House in his Mind (William Maxwell) Secret Lightning-Flashes (Leo Tolstoy) The View from a Falling House (Katherine Anne Porter) The Disaster Parade (Richard Yates) Waiting for the Grammarians (C. P. Cavafy) Ambitious Diminutives (La Fontaine) Prague of a Hundred Towers Two Letters from Prague: Nostalgia for Bad Times (1999) Waiting for the Golden Pig (2004) Fabulous Cities In Search of al-Majt́T̋he Happiest Man in Morocco The Born Schoolmaster (S. D. Goitein)
Awards: Commended for IndieFab awards (Essays) 2011
Description: 255 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Shadow language : foreign accents in English poetry passionate syntax (William Butler Yeats) --
The king of never-to-be (Walter De la Mare) --
Butterfly on a wheel (Bob Dylan) --
Gilded totems (James Merrill) --
Mosquitoes in Eden (Richard Outram) --
Ultimate distillations (Daryl Hine) --
Ancient chills (Elizabeth Bishop) --
An austere opulence (Geoffrey Hill) --
Fine incisions : reflections on reviewing --
Delousing the soul (J.-K. Huysmans) --
The house in his mind (William Maxwell) --
Secret lightning-flashes (Leo Tolstoy) --
The view from a falling house (Katherine Anne Porter) --
The disaster parade (Richard Yates) --
Waiting for the grammarians (C.P. Cavafy) --
Ambitious diminutives (La Fontaine) --
Prague of a hundred towers --
Two letters from Prague --
In search of al-Mâjt̂ --
T̋he happiest man in Morocco --
The born schoolmaster (S.D. Goitein).
Responsibility: Eric Ormsby.
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Fine Incisions is a collection of twenty-four gracious, intelligent and occasionally fractious essays, wide-ranging in their interests and rigorous in their analyses. Ormsby's reverence for language is luminously clear as he examines his international travels, the work of James Merrill, the state of North American literary criticism and more in a series of essays as vivacious as they are provocative.

Butterfly on a Wheel: Bob Dylan Whether writing on Tennyson, Eliot, Housman, Beckett, or many others, Christopher Ricks has always been a critic of exceptional learning and aplomb; that he has been generally given to a somewhat oblique, even eccentric angle of view -- embarrassment in Keats, the subtleties of punctuation in Geoffrey Hill -- has been to his credit, for while he is in one sense a traditional textual expert of rare authority (witness his editions of Tennyson and T. S. Eliot's smuttier verses), he has also exhibited a delightful ability to surprise. His new book is no exception, less so in its erudition perhaps than in its surprises. Ricks, who recently completed a five-year term as the Oxford Professor of Poetry, has always been smitten with Bob Dylan; even in The Force of Poetry, his 1984 collection of essays, he included considerations of the singer as a poet rather than as a popular performer. It is clear now that his infatuation with the singer -- the word is not too strong -- has been no.

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