A Map of Misreading; Second Edition / Edition 1

A Map of Misreading; Second Edition / Edition 1

by Harold Bloom
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195162218

ISBN-13: 9780195162219

Pub. Date: 02/23/2003

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


In print for twenty-seven years, A Map of Misreading serves as a companion volume to Bloom's other seminal work, The Anxiety of Influence. In this finely crafted text, Bloom offers instruction in how to read a poem, using his theory that patterns of imagery in poems represent both a response to and a defense against the influence of precursor

Overview


In print for twenty-seven years, A Map of Misreading serves as a companion volume to Bloom's other seminal work, The Anxiety of Influence. In this finely crafted text, Bloom offers instruction in how to read a poem, using his theory that patterns of imagery in poems represent both a response to and a defense against the influence of precursor poems. Influence, as Bloom conceives it, means that there are no texts, but only relationships between texts. Bloom discusses British and American poets including Milton, Wordsworth, Shelley, Keats, Tennyson, Browning, Whitman, Dickinson, Stevens, Warren, Ammons and Ashbery. A full-scale reading of one poem, Browning's "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came," represents this struggle between one poet and his precursors, the poem serving as a map for readers through the many versions of influence from Milton to modern poets.

For the first time, in a new preface, Bloom will consider the map of misreading drawn by contemporary poets such as Ann Carson and Henri Cole. Bloom's new exploration of contemporary poetry over the last twenty years will illuminate how modern texts relate to previous texts, and contribute to the literary legacy of their predecessors.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195162219
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/23/2003
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
8.04(w) x 5.30(h) x 0.44(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacexiii
Introduction: a meditation upon misreading3
Part ICharting the Territory
1.Poetic origins and final phases9
2.The dialectics of poetic tradition27
3.The primal scene of instruction41
4.The belatedness of strong poetry63
Part IIThe Map
5.The map of misprision83
6.Testing the map: Browning's Childe Roland106
Part IIIUsing the Map
7.Milton and his precursors125
8.In the shadow of Milton144
9.Emerson and influence160
10.In the shadow of Emerson177
11.In the shadow of the shadows: for now193

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