Poetry and the Fate of the Senses

Poetry and the Fate of the Senses

by Susan Stewart
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226774139

ISBN-13: 9780226774138

Pub. Date: 01/28/2002

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

What is the role of the senses in the creation and reception of poetry? How does poetry carry on the long tradition of making experience and suffering understood by others? With Poetry and the Fate of the Senses, Susan Stewart traces the path of the aesthetic in search of an explanation for the role of poetry in culture. Herself an acclaimed poet, Stewart

Overview

What is the role of the senses in the creation and reception of poetry? How does poetry carry on the long tradition of making experience and suffering understood by others? With Poetry and the Fate of the Senses, Susan Stewart traces the path of the aesthetic in search of an explanation for the role of poetry in culture. Herself an acclaimed poet, Stewart not only brings the intelligence of a critic to the question of poetry, but the insight of a practitioner as well. Her new study includes close discussions of poems by Stevens, Hopkins, Keats, Hardy, Bishop, and Traherne, of the sense of vertigo in Baroque and Romantic works, and of the rich tradition of nocturnes in visual, musical, and verbal art. Ultimately, she argues that poetry can counter the denigration of the senses in contemporary life and can expand our imagination of the range of human expression.

Poetry and the Fate of the Senses won the 2004 Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism in Memory of Newton Arvin, administered for the Truman Capote Estate by the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. It also won the Phi Beta Kappa Society's 2002 Christian Gauss Award for Literary Criticism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226774138
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Edition description:
1
Pages:
458
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgmentsix
Chapter 1In the Darkness
I.The Privations of Night and the Origins of Poiesis1
II.Laughter, Weeping, and the Order of the Senses17
III.The Lyric Eidos38
Chapter 2Sound
I.Dynamics of Poetic Sound59
II.Hopkins: Invocation and Listening90
Chapter 3Voice and Possession
I.The Beloved's Voice107
II.Three Cases of Lyric Possession124
Chapter 4Facing, Touch, and Vertigo
I.The Experience of Beholding145
II.Touch in Aesthetic Forms160
III.Vertigo: The Legacy of Baroque Ecstasy178
Chapter 5The Forms and Numbers of Time
I.The Deictic Now197
II.Traces of Human Motion: The Ubi Sunt Tradition208
III.Meditation and Number: Traherne's Centuries227
IV.The Problem of Poetic History242
Chapter 6Out of the Darkness: Nocturnes
I.Finch's Transformation of the Night Work255
II.The Emergence of a Nocturne Tradition280
Chapter 7Lyric Counter Epic
I.War and the Alienation of the Senses293
II.Two Lyric Critiques of Epic: Brooks and Walcott309
Afterborn327
Notes335
References389
Index of Poems429
General Index433

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