Poetry as Survival / Edition 1

Poetry as Survival / Edition 1

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by Gregory Orr
     
 

Intended for general readers and for students and scholars of poetry, Poetry as Survival is a complex and lucid analysis of the powerful role poetry can play in confronting, surviving, and transcending pain and suffering.

Gregory Orr draws from a generous array of sources. He weaves discussions of work by Keats, Dickinson, and Whitman with quotes from

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Intended for general readers and for students and scholars of poetry, Poetry as Survival is a complex and lucid analysis of the powerful role poetry can play in confronting, surviving, and transcending pain and suffering.

Gregory Orr draws from a generous array of sources. He weaves discussions of work by Keats, Dickinson, and Whitman with quotes from three-thousand-year-old Egyptian poems, Inuit songs, and Japanese love poems to show that writing personal lyric has helped poets throughout history to process emotional and experiential turmoil, from individual stress to collective grief. More specifically, he considers how the acts of writing, reading, and listening to lyric bring ordering powers to the chaos that surrounds us. Moving into more contemporary work, Orr looks at the poetry of Sylvia Plath, Stanley Kunitz, and Theodore Roethke, poets who relied on their own work to get through painful psychological experiences.

As a poet who has experienced considerable trauma--especially as a child--Orr refers to the damaging experiences of his past and to the role poetry played in his ability to recover and survive. His personal narrative makes all the more poignant and vivid Orr's claims for lyric poetry's power as a tool for healing. Poetry as Survival is a memorable and inspiring introduction to lyric poetry's capacity to help us find safety and comfort in a threatening world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820324289
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
11/18/2002
Series:
The Life of Poetry: Poets on Their Art and Craft
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
242
Sales rank:
972,622
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.56(d)

Meet the Author


Gregory Orr is the author of such highly praised poetry collections as Concerning the Book That Is the Body of the Beloved and The Caged Owl as well as a memoir, The Blessing, which was chosen by Publishers Weekly as one of the fifty best nonfiction books of 2002. He has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rockefeller Fellowship, and two poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2003 he was presented with the Award in Literature by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Orr is a professor of English at the University of Virginia, where he has taught since 1975 and where he was the founder and first director of its MFA in Writing program.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Everywhere and Always1
Pt. 1The Self, Jeopardy, and Song
1Poised on a Mountain Peak, Floating on the Ocean13
2The Dinner Party and the Sailor at War24
3The Embodied Self37
4The Edge as Threshold51
5Bags Full of Havoc59
6The Two Survivals83
7The Powers of Poetry93
Pt. 2Trauma and Transformation
8The Dangerous Angel117
9Convulsive Transformation of the Overculture133
10Wordsworth and the Permanent Forms141
11Keats and the Ardor of the Pursuer149
12Whitman and the Habit of Dazzle159
13Dickinson and the Brain's Haunted Corridors171
14Wilfred Owen and the Horrors of War182
15The Quest and the Dangerous Path189
16Constellations and Medicine Pouches204
App. ASacred and Secular Lyric209
App. BThe Social Lyric and the Personal Lyric213
App. CIncarnating Eros225
Index231

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