A Hundred Himalayas: Essays on Life and Literature

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In A Hundred Himalayas, Sydney Lea has collected a group of essays written over 30 years, representing what he refers to as the persistence of preoccupations and the absence of theory---a group of speculations, each one a single Himalaya, together a great elevation achieved in small increments. His musings on his own "favored genius," Robert Frost, his own approach to literary criticism, imagination, the American nature essay, rural life, the process of writing a poem, and fitting writing into everyday life all ...

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Overview

In A Hundred Himalayas, Sydney Lea has collected a group of essays written over 30 years, representing what he refers to as the persistence of preoccupations and the absence of theory---a group of speculations, each one a single Himalaya, together a great elevation achieved in small increments. His musings on his own "favored genius," Robert Frost, his own approach to literary criticism, imagination, the American nature essay, rural life, the process of writing a poem, and fitting writing into everyday life all combine to create a picture of the things that interest Lea. "If there is grandeur at all in this volume," he says, "then, it must come in small increments." All of his small increments of gentle and insightful writing combine to create a collection that is, indeed, grand.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780472051885
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Publication date: 9/20/2012
  • Series: Writers on Writing Series
  • Pages: 140
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Sydney Lea is Professor Emeritus at Dartmouth College, Poet Laureate of Vermont, and a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and Fulbright Foundations. Lea founded, and for 13 years edited, the New England Review. Retired after 43 years of college teaching, he has published 10 volumes of poetry, a novel, and two collections of naturalist essays.

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Table of Contents

Preface: A Hundred Himalayas xi

I Abecedarium

Ars poetica 3

Either/and/Or; or, You're Not as Dumb as You Think 7

"Fathomless": How a Poem Happens 17

"… not a state of mind" 21

"Only connect…" 24

II Making a Case

"I Recognize Thy Glory": The American Nature Essay 29

Mercy, Mercy, Mercy: A Poet's Awkwardness 38

Making a Case; or, "Where Are You Coming From?" 46

The Knife, a Parable 59

III Sublime to Rigamarole

Fact, Dream, and Labor: Robert Frost and the New England Attitude 67

On Keats's "To Autumn" 79

Wordsworth and His "Michael": The Pastor Passes 83

From Sublime to Rigamarole: Relations of Frost to Wordsworth 97

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