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Standing by words : essays

Author: Wendell Berry
Publisher: San Francisco : North Point Press, 1983.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In six essays, Wendell Berry considers the degeneration of language that is manifest throughout our culture, from poetry to politics, from conversation to advertising, and he shows how the ever-widening cleft between words and their referents mirrors the increasing isolation of individuals from their communities and of their communities from the land. In thirty pages of the title essay, Berry considers two freshman  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Poetry
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Wendell Berry
ISBN: 0865471215 9780865471214 0865471223 9780865471221
OCLC Number: 10127227
Description: 213 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: The specialization of poetry --
Standing by words --
People, land, and community --
Notes, unspecializing poetry --
Poetry and place --
Poetry and marriage.
Responsibility: by Wendell Berry.

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In six essays, Wendell Berry considers the degeneration of language that is manifest throughout our culture, from poetry to politics, from conversation to advertising, and he shows how the ever-widening cleft between words and their referents mirrors the increasing isolation of individuals from their communities and of their communities from the land. In thirty pages of the title essay, Berry considers two freshman English textbooks, Shelley, the Norton Anthology of English Literature, King Lear, Robert Herrick, the Bible, transcriptions of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission during the Three-Mile Island crisis, an article on dairy cattle, R. Buckminster Fuller, Milton, Faulkner, and Lao Tzu, among others.--From publisher's description.

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