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Compulsory figures : essays on recent American poets, Henry Taylor

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Compulsory figures : essays on recent American poets
Title
Compulsory figures
Title remainder
essays on recent American poets
Statement of responsibility
Henry Taylor
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Although he is best known as a poet, Henry Taylor is also an astute critic, as the essays in this discerning collection demonstrate. In Compulsory Figures, Taylor writes about seventeen contemporary poets, much of whose work, he says, has been a part of his mental landscape since he himself began to write poetry. The pieces were written, and most of them published, over an extended period of time; as a whole, the collection reveals Taylor's profound respect for craftsmanship and for the distinct terms on which different poems must be taken. His concern is as much with the process of creating a poem as it is with the poem itself. Taylor's interests range from traditional verse to startling experiments with newer forms. Several of his subjects are among the best-known poets of the past twenty-five years; a few are better known as writers of prose than of poetry. Some have long been admired by only a select few, but Taylor's concern is less with reputation than with an individual poet's ways of engaging our attention and emotions. Each essay is a meditation on a substantial portion of a poet's body of work - its evolution and its contribution to the art. Taylor writes about the contrasts between memories of a rural childhood and a lifetime of reading and learning found in Fred Chappell's impressive oeuvre and the merging of personal history with social and political history in the work of Gwendolyn Brooks. In May Sarton's poetry he finds a concern with both human and literary development, and he notes the profound wit, neoclassical attention to form, and generous erudition of David R. Slavitt's poems. He considers the skillful and serious experimental poetry of Jackson Mac Low and the deftness of form and tone in William Jay Smith's work. Others whose poetry he discusses are Anthony Hecht, J.V. Cunningham, Louis Simpson, John Woods, Robert Watson, Brewster Ghiselin, William Stafford, George Garrett, William Meredith, John Hall Wheelock, and James Wright. These essays represent an informed and sensitive discussion of the state of recent American poetry. Throughout, Taylor's easy-going patience and clarity of style are at the service of the reader, the poems, and the poets
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1942-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Taylor, Henry
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PS325
LC item number
.T36 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • American poetry
  • American poetry
  • Lyrik
  • Geschichte (1945-1990)
  • Aufsatzsammlung
  • Geschichte (1930-1990)
  • USA
Label
Compulsory figures : essays on recent American poets, Henry Taylor
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and indexes
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
J.V. Cunningham : the last variation in regularity -- Anthony Hecht : forms of conviction -- Louis Simpson : great experiments -- John Woods : in the grip of days -- Fred Chappell : the world was plenty -- Robert Watson : everything we cannot see is here -- Gwendolyn Brooks : an essential sanity -- Brewster Ghiselin : the gift of the waters -- William Stafford : millions of intricate moves -- George Garrett : the brutal rush of grace -- William Meredith : in charge of morale in a morbid time -- May Sarton : home to a place beyond exile -- John Hall Wheelock : letting the darkness in -- David R. Slavitt : the fun of the end of the world -- Jackson Mac Low : gristlier translations, arcane pronouns -- William Jay Smith : enter the dark house -- James Wright : in the mode of Robinson and Frost
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 318 pages
Isbn
9780807117552
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
92005464
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)25509473
  • (OCoLC)ocm25509473
Label
Compulsory figures : essays on recent American poets, Henry Taylor
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
J.V. Cunningham : the last variation in regularity -- Anthony Hecht : forms of conviction -- Louis Simpson : great experiments -- John Woods : in the grip of days -- Fred Chappell : the world was plenty -- Robert Watson : everything we cannot see is here -- Gwendolyn Brooks : an essential sanity -- Brewster Ghiselin : the gift of the waters -- William Stafford : millions of intricate moves -- George Garrett : the brutal rush of grace -- William Meredith : in charge of morale in a morbid time -- May Sarton : home to a place beyond exile -- John Hall Wheelock : letting the darkness in -- David R. Slavitt : the fun of the end of the world -- Jackson Mac Low : gristlier translations, arcane pronouns -- William Jay Smith : enter the dark house -- James Wright : in the mode of Robinson and Frost
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 318 pages
Isbn
9780807117552
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
92005464
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)25509473
  • (OCoLC)ocm25509473

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