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Ten windows : how great poems transform the world

Author: Jane Hirshfield
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017. ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : Essay : English : First paperback editionView all editions and formats
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"A dazzling collection of essays on how the best poems work, from the master poet and popular essayist. "Poetry," Jane Hirshfield has said, "is language that foments revolutions of being." In ten eloquent and highly original explorations, she unfolds some of the ways this is done--by the inclusion of hiddenness, paradox, and surprise; by a perennial awareness of the place of uncertainty in our lives; by language's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Essays
Poetry
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jane Hirshfield
ISBN: 0345806840 9780345806840
OCLC Number: 950635295
Notes: "This is a Borzoi Book."--Title page verso.
First published in hardcover in 2015.
Description: viii, 309 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Contents: Preface --
Kingfishers catching fire: looking with poetry's eyes --
Language wakes up in the morning: on poetry's speaking --
Seeing through words: an introduction to Bashō, Haiku, and the suppleness of image --
Thoreau's hound: poetry and the hidden --
Uncarryable remainders: poetry and uncertainty --
Close reading: windows --
Poetry and the constellation of surprise --
What is American in modern American poetry: a brief primer with poems --
Poetry, transformation, and the column of tears --
Strange reaches, impossibility, and big hidden drawers: poetry and paradox --
Acknowledgments.
Other Titles: Essays.
10 windows
Responsibility: Jane Hirshfield.

Abstract:

"A dazzling collection of essays on how the best poems work, from the master poet and popular essayist. "Poetry," Jane Hirshfield has said, "is language that foments revolutions of being." In ten eloquent and highly original explorations, she unfolds some of the ways this is done--by the inclusion of hiddenness, paradox, and surprise; by a perennial awareness of the place of uncertainty in our lives; by language's own acts of discovery; by the powers of image, statement, music, and feeling to enlarge in every direction. Closely reading poems by Dickinson, Bashō, Szymborska, Cavafy, Heaney, Bishop, and Komunyakaa, among others, Hirshfield reveals how poetry's world-making takes place: word by charged word. By expanding what is imaginable and sayable, Hirshfield proposes, poems expand what is possible. Ten Windows restores us at every turn to a more precise, sensuous, and deepened experience of our shared humanity and of the seemingly limitless means by which that knowledge is both summoned and forged."--

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