Argument and Song: Sources and Silences in Poetry

Argument and Song: Sources and Silences in Poetry

by Stanley Plumly
     
 

Stanley Plumly is one of his generation's important poets. He was born in Barnesville, Ohio, in 1939, and grew up in the lumber and farming regions of Virginia and Ohio. Writing in The Atlantic, Peter Davison said of his work, "Plumly's rich, dense poems give off a special fragrance, the incense of the English Romantic movement mingling with forest odors from the…  See more details below

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Stanley Plumly is one of his generation's important poets. He was born in Barnesville, Ohio, in 1939, and grew up in the lumber and farming regions of Virginia and Ohio. Writing in The Atlantic, Peter Davison said of his work, "Plumly's rich, dense poems give off a special fragrance, the incense of the English Romantic movement mingling with forest odors from the Old Northwest Territory between the Mississippi, the Ohio, and the Great Lakes."

This volume collects fifteen of Plumly's essays on poetry and art, including the seminal "Chapter and Verse," "Sentimental Forms," and "The Abrupt Edge." Meditating on poems by Keats, Stevens, James Wright, Plath, and Matthews, on Emily Bronte’s prose, and paintings by Whistler, Plumly returns again and again to essential matters: the impulses, occasions, and places out of which art arises and the forms by which imagination gives it shape.

About Stanley Plumly's poetry:

"Reading Stanley Plumly is like having someone whisper unceasingly in your ear, humming of light, trees, sleep, snow."
- The New York Times Book Review

"Plumly&'s landscapes, for all their underpinnings in concrete detail, seem at times like sets in a Fellini movie: softly falling snow, birds, suicides, and blossoming red roses, with flashes of insight that burn the retinas and leave an afterimage even more surreal."
- Kirkus Reviews

"The voice of [his] poems reveals a plaintiveness without sentimentality, weaving poignant stories that transcend mere narrative."
- The Boston Review

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Library Journal
In this collection of 15 essays on poetry and art, Plumly (Now That My Father Lies Down Beside Me) uses his experiences as a poet, teacher, religious seeker, practitioner of yoga, reader, editor, and critic to illustrate his themes and back up his arguments about the current state of poetry. Deeply rooted in the English Romantics, he is conversant with the major poetic movements of the last two centuries, hence offering thoughtful explorations of the work of the Bronte sisters, George Eliot, and Thomas Hardy, as well as Agatha Christie, Galway Kinnell, Marvin Bell, and C.K. Williams. Touching on a variety of topics (e.g., bird songs, nocturnes, sentimentality, and silence as metaphor), Plumly examines traditional forms like odes, elegies, and sonnets to establish valid critical arguments about where poetry is heading while providing solid historical perspectives. A winner of the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award and a National Book Critics Circle Award, Plumly has taught at Princeton, Michigan, Iowa, and currently the University of Maryland. Recommended for academic libraries with large poetry and critical collections.-Pam Kingsbury, Univ. of North Alabama, Florence Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590510766
Publisher:
Other Press, LLC
Publication date:
10/10/2003
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Stanley Plumly

Stanley Plumly's first book, In the Outer Dark, won the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award; his third, Out of Body Travel, was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Now That My Father Lies Down Beside Me: New and Selected Poems, 1970-2000, was published in 2000. He has taught at numerous colleges and universities, including Princeton, Michigan, and Iowa. Presently, he is a Distinguished University Professor and Professor of English at the University of Maryland. He lives in Bethesda.

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