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Last looks, last books : Stevens, Plath, Lowell, Bishop, Merrill

Author: Helen Vendler
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, 2010.
Series: Bollingen series, 35:56.; A.W. Mellon lectures in the fine arts, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Vendler "examines the ways in which five great modern American poets, writing their final books, try to find a style that does justice to life and death. With traditional religious consolations no longer available to them, these poets must invent new ways to express the crisis of death, as well as the paradoxical coexistence of a declining body and an undiminished consciousness ... The solution for one poet will not  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Elizabeth Bishop; Robert Lowell; James Ingram Merrill; Sylvia Plath; Wallace Stevens; Wallace Stevens; Sylvia Plath; Robert Lowell; Elizabeth Bishop; James Merrill; Wallace Stevens; Sylvia Plath; Robert (Schriftsteller Lowell; Elizabeth (Schriftstellerin) Bishop; James Ingram Merrill
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Helen Vendler
ISBN: 9780691145341 0691145342
OCLC Number: 441947066
Awards: Short-listed for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2011
Description: x, 152 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction: last looks, last books --
Looking at the worst: Wallace Stevens' The rock --
The contest of melodrama and restraint: Sylvia Plath's Ariel --
Images of subtraction: Robert Lowell's Day by day --
Caught and freed: Elizabeth Bishop and Geography III --
Self-portraits while dying: James Merrill and A scattering of salts.
Series Title: Bollingen series, 35:56.; A.W. Mellon lectures in the fine arts, 2007.
Responsibility: Helen Vendler.

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Examines the ways in which five great modern American poets, writing their final books, try to find a style that does justice to life and death alike. This title focuses on the books: "The Rock",  Read more...

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