Poetry in Theory: An Anthology 1900-2000 / Edition 1

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Overview

Poetry in Theory: An Anthology 1900-2000 brings together key critical and theoretical texts from the twentieth century which have animated debates about modern poetry.

  • Helps readers to think critically about the nature of modern poetry, and to engage with broader questions about aesthetics, language, culture and imagination.
  • Includes texts by poets, critics, theorists and philosophers, ranging from Ezra Pound to Jacques Derrida.
  • Texts in translation from French, German, Spanish, Italian and Russian are presented alongside the work of writers from Britain, Ireland, the United States, Africa, India and the Caribbean.
  • Each text is accompanied by a brief biographical and thematic introduction.
  • A system of cross-referencing points up significant connections and disagreements between the texts.
  • Includes a thematic index and chronology.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Poetry has always provided the most severe test for theory, and this rich, wide-ranging anthology shows just how fruitful the encounter between the two has been. Jon Cook’s excellent collection should prove a salutary lesson for all those who assume, utterly against the evidence, that literary theory has had nothing to say about the shape of the sentences and the texture of the verse."
Terry Eagleton, University of Manchester
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631225546
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/16/2004
  • Series: Blackwell Anthologies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 666
  • Product dimensions: 6.84 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jon Cook is Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of East Anglia and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of American and English Literature. His published work includes Romanticism and Ideology (1981), William Hazlitt: Selected Writings (1998) and numerous essays on Romanticism, critical and cultural theory, and contemporary writing.
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Table of Contents

1 The symbolism of poetry (1900) 29
2 Three letters (1903, 1907, 1925) 35
3 Creative writers and day-dreaming (1908) 41
4 Romanticism and classicism (1911) 47
5 Technical manifesto of futurist literature (1912) 56
6 Poet Yeats (1912) 61
7 Robert Frost (1914) 65
8 Poetry as spoken art (1917) 69
9 The new spirit and the poets (1917) 75
10 A retrospect (1918) 83
11 Note on poetry (1919) 91
12 On poetry and On contemporary poetry (1919, 1920) 94
13 Tradition and the individual talent and reflections on contemporary poetry (1919) 97
14 Preface to New poems (1920) 106
15 Prologue to Kora in hell (1920) 111
16 The Chinese written character as the medium for poetry (1920) 116
17 Modern poetry (1925) 131
18 General aims and theories (1925) 135
19 The Negro artist and the racial mountain ( 1926) 139
20 How are verses made? (1926) 144
21 Science and poetry (1926) 152
22 A survey of modernist poetry (1927) 160
23 Seven types of ambiguity (1930) 169
24 The poetic process (1931) 175
25 Poetry's evidence and The automatic message (1932, 1933) 182
26 New bearings in English poetry (1932) 192
27 Play and theory of the Duende (1933) 201
28 Poetry and grammar (1935) 208
29 Poets with history and poets without history (1935) 215
30 Modernism (1938) 223
31 The figure a poem makes (1939) 234
32 Poetry and abstract thought (1939) 237
33 Three lectures on poetry (1941, 1944, 1946) 247
34 The noble rider and the sound of words (1942) 256
35 The end of the line (1942) 268
36 Poetry and knowledge (1945) 275
37 Projective verse (1950) 288
38 A statement for poetry (1950) 296
39 Is there any poetic writing? (1953) 301
40 The concrete universal (1954) 307
41 Excerpts from seminars and papers (1954, 1955, 1957) 315
42 What is modern poetry and The reek of the human (1955)? 323
43 Mallarme's experience (1955) 330
44 The pleasure principle and Writing poems (1957, 1964) 337
45 On lyric poetry and society (1957) 342
46 Closing statement : linguistics and poetics (1960) 350
47 What I see in The maximus poems (1961) 361
48 Personism : a manifesto (1961) 367
49 When the mode of the music changes and Abstraction in poetry (1961, 1962) 370
50 The poet and the city (1962) 377
51 Hunting is not those heads on the wall and State/Meant (1964, 1965) 385
52 A sense of measure ( 1964) 390
53 The invisible avant-garde (1968) 393
54 Closure and anti-closure in modern poetry (1968) 399
55 Poetic language, poetics of language (1969) 408
56 Intentional structure of the romantic image (1970) 413
57 The muse of history ( 1974) 420
58 The ethics of linguistics (1974) 437
59 A modest proposal (1976) 447
60 Continuity in language (1978) 456
61 Poetry as "menace" and "atonement" (1978) 464
62 The Poe-etic effect (1980) 477
63 The dollar value of poetry (1983) 491
64 On hope (1983) 494
65 Blood, bread and poetry (1984) 503
66 Prologue : the deed of writing (1987) 514
67 "Even under the rine of terror..." (1988) 523
68 Che cos'e la poesia? (1988) 533
69 The homosexual lyric (1990) 538
70 Avant-garde or endgame? (1991) 547
71 The woman poet : her dilemma (1995) 559
72 The redress of poetry (1995) 567
73 Introduction, Soul says (1995) 574
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