Poetry and What is Real

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Poetry and What Is Real presents celebrated poet Richard Tillinghast's exploration of major figures in twentieth-century American, English, and Irish poetry. In engaging critical essays, Tillinghast discusses prominent British and American modernists such as Yeats and Auden, as well as neglected masters like John Crowe Ransom.

Tillinghast's book is unique in its focus on Middle Generation poets, who followed the major figures like Yeats, Pound, and Eliot. Lowell and Heaney receive critical attention here, as do Elizabeth Bishop, James Dickey, Donald Hall, Sylvia Plath, Philip Levine, Derek Mahon, and other writers born from the late 1910s through 1940. In autobiographical essays such as "A Letter from Galway" and "Travel and the Sense of Place," Tillinghast also takes into account his own preoccupations as a practicing poet .
Richard W. Tillinghast's seven books of poetry include, most recently, The Stonecutter's Hand and Today in the CafĂ© Trieste. He is also the author of Robert Lowell's Life and Work: Damaged Grandeur. He is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Michigan and a frequent contributor to the New York Times.  He is also the recipient of a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780472068722
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Publication date: 12/2/2004
  • Series: Poets on Poetry Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Allen Ginsberg and his generation 1
Donald Hall : top of the 11th, top of the order 12
James Dickey : the whole motion 19
The life and fables of Bob Dylan 30
John Crowe Ransom : Tennessee's major minor poet 45
"How different I am from what they think" : Elizabeth Bishop 58
W. H. Auden : "stop all the clocks" 61
Digging for the truth about Sylvia Plath 75
Blueberries sprinkled with salt : Frost's letters 93
In praise of rhyme 102
Louis Simpson : the poet of the 5.51 106
Philip Levine : working the night shift 110
Household economy, ruthlessness, romance, and the art of hospitality : notes on revision 112
Quincy house and the White House 115
Early and late : Robert Lowell and what is real 122
Travel and the sense of place 132
W. B. Yeats : the labyrinth of another's being 144
A life in poetry 158
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