Considering the Radiance: Essays on the Poetry of A. R. Ammons

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“A. R. Ammons has exploded into the company of American poets that includes Whitman and Emerson and articulates the major impulse of the national expression: the paradox of poetry as process and yet impediment to process.”
This intimate collection of essays addressed to the common reader pays tribute to one of the twentieth century’s major poets. Encompassing every phase of A. R. Ammons’s oeuvre, from his beginnings in the 1950s to his late masterpieces, Garbage and Glare, this book of essays explores the ...

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Overview

“A. R. Ammons has exploded into the company of American poets that includes Whitman and Emerson and articulates the major impulse of the national expression: the paradox of poetry as process and yet impediment to process.”
This intimate collection of essays addressed to the common reader pays tribute to one of the twentieth century’s major poets. Encompassing every phase of A. R. Ammons’s oeuvre, from his beginnings in the 1950s to his late masterpieces, Garbage and Glare, this book of essays explores the personal side of a poet often still seen as forbiddingly abstract and intellectual. Included are essays by Helen Vendler, Alice Fulton, Harold Bloom, and John Ashbery, among others.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393059991
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/17/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 366
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 11
Introduction 15
"The spent seer consigns order to the vehicle of change" (1966) 21
A. R. Ammons : "When you consider the radiance" (1971) 45
In the American grain (1973) 89
Light, wind, motion (1973) 95
The talk of giants (1973) 107
Ammons's radiant toys (1973) 125
The humor of A. R. Ammons : The clown and the seer (1986) 150
The solitary man : The poetry of A. R. Ammons (1986) 160
The natural philosopher returns, singing (1998) 173
Archie's heart (2001) 186
The titles : A. R. Ammons, 1926-2001 (2001) 213
Archie's sphere (2002) 233
A. R. Ammons : Pilgrim, sage, ordinary man (2002) 248
Rereading Ammons's long poems (2003) 281
A gentle luxury : remembering A. R. Ammons (1986) 294
In the dumpsters of the gods (2001) 311
A love note : A. R. Ammons as teacher (2001) 317
The whistle (2001) 323
Balance and contradiction : remembering archie (2001) 327
Answering the phone : a reminiscence of A. R. Ammons (2002) 330
Ammons outside the dragon (2003) 335
The missing teacher : the early correspondence between Josephine Miles and A. R. Ammons (2003) 343
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