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Creating Another Self: Voice in Modern American Personal Poetry, Second Edition

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Creating Another Self makes two significant literary assertions. First, that all first-person voice poetry necessarily involves a "masking" of some kind; and second, that all personal poetry falls into one of three masking modes: the confessional, the persona, and the self-effacing. Samuel Maio supports these claims with an in-depth analysis of the work of representative poets, three for each mode: Robert Lowell, James Wright, and Anne Sexton (confessional); John Berryman, Weldon Kees, and Galway Kinnell ...
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Overview

Creating Another Self makes two significant literary assertions. First, that all first-person voice poetry necessarily involves a "masking" of some kind; and second, that all personal poetry falls into one of three masking modes: the confessional, the persona, and the self-effacing. Samuel Maio supports these claims with an in-depth analysis of the work of representative poets, three for each mode: Robert Lowell, James Wright, and Anne Sexton (confessional); John Berryman, Weldon Kees, and Galway Kinnell (persona); and Mark Strand, Charles Simic, and David Ignatow (self-effacing). Further, the book draws on the work of several newer poets such as Garrett Hongo and Jim Barnes to suggest that personal poetry has had a far reaching influence on 20th century poetry. A work of theoretical criticism, and not a survey of personal poets, "Creating Another Self" suggests that contemporary personal poetry is a distinctive phase begun in the 1950s and coming to a close in the 1990s. The book is an important work for scholars of American literature and for creative writers.

Author Biography: Samuel Maio is Associate Professor of English at San Jose State University, where he serves as the Director of Creative Writing. His articles and poetry have appeared in "Antioch, Bloomsbury, Chariton, " and "Northwest" reviews, "New York Quarterly, The Southern California Anthology, "and numerous other journals. He is the recipient of a Phi Kappa Phi award for his scholarly writing.

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A study of modern American personal poetry from the 1950s to the present. It looks at the confessional mode, the personal mode, and the self-effacing mode in personal poetry and at the work of writers whose work exemplifies each mode, including Robert Lowell, John Berryman, and Mark Strand. The author posits the critical assumption that anyone writing of the self uses one of the three modes of voice. Paper edition (38-8), $27.50. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931112505
  • Publisher: Truman State University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The poet's voice as persona 1
2 The confessional mode 30
Robert Lowell 32
James Wright 58
Anne Sexton 78
3 The persona mode 103
John Berryman 104
Weldon Kees 135
Galway Kinnell 152
4 The self-effacing mode 180
Mark Strand 183
Charles Simic 211
David Ignatow 228
5 Deep image and the aesthetics of self : Robert Bly's early poetry 248
6 Personal poetry in the twenty-first century 274
Bruce Weigl 278
Garrett Hongo 281
Ray Gonzalez 286
Martin Espada 295
Dionisio D. Martinez 299
Joy Harjo 301
Yusef Komunyakaa 305
Felix Stefanile 309
Lawrence Ferlinghetti 312
Jim Barnes 317
Frank Graziano 330
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