Soul Says

Soul Says

by Helen Hennessy Vendler
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674821475

ISBN-13: 9780674821477

Pub. Date: 10/01/1996

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Join Professor Helen Vendler in her course lecture on the Yeats poem "Among School Children". View her insightful and passionate analysis along with a condensed reading and student comments on the course.

To know the poetry of our time, to look through its lenses and filters, is to see our lives illuminated. In these eloquent essays on recent American, British

Overview

Join Professor Helen Vendler in her course lecture on the Yeats poem "Among School Children". View her insightful and passionate analysis along with a condensed reading and student comments on the course.

To know the poetry of our time, to look through its lenses and filters, is to see our lives illuminated. In these eloquent essays on recent American, British, and Irish poetry, Helen Vendler shows us contemporary life and culture captured in lyric form by some of our most celebrated poets. An incomparable reader of poetry, Vendler explains its power; it is, she says, the voice of the soul rather than the socially marked self speaking directly to us through the stylization of verse. "Soul Says," the title of a poem by Jorie Graham, is thus the name of this collection. In essays on Seamus Heaney, Donald Davie, Allen Ginsberg, John Ashbery, Rita Dove, Jorie Graham, and others, Vendler makes difficult poetry accessible. She reveals the idiosyncratic nature of lyric form, and points out the artistic choices present in even the simplest texts. Vendler examines the use of abstraction in lyric poems; considers what readers seek and receive from verse; describes the role of such stylistic devices as compression, structural dynamics, and syntactic ordering; and renders a wide variety of poetic styles meaningful. Through her perceptive eyes we see how lyric poetry, speaking with natural musicality and rhythm, can by arrangement, pacing, metaphor, and tone create symbol from fact-and fill us with new understanding. In these direct and engaged commentaries, she explores the force, beauty, and intellectual complexity of contemporary lyric verse.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674821477
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
10/01/1996
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
0.59(w) x 6.14(h) x 9.21(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. The Reversed Pietà: Mien Ginsberg's "Kaddish"

2. Flower Power: Louise Gluck's The Wild Iris

3. Veracity Unshaken: A. R. Ammons' Sumerian Vistas

4. Recomposed and Clarified: James Merrill's The Inner Room

5. Southern Weather: Dave Smith

6. Huge Pits of Darkness, High Peaks of Lights: Robinson Jeffers

7. New York Pastoral: James Schuyler

8. Imagination Pressing Back: Frank Bidart, Albert Goldbarth, and Amy Clampitt

9. Election and Reprobation: Donald Davie's Collected Poems

10. A World of Foreboding: Charles Simic

11. American Zen: Gary Snyder's No Nature

12. A Steely Glitter Chasing Shadows: John Ashbery's Flow Chart

13. A Dissonant Triad: Henri Cole, Rita Dove, and August Kleinzahler

14. The Black Dove: Rita Dove, Poet Laureate

15. Drawn to Figments and Occasion: Lucie Brock-Broido's
A Hunger

16. Second Thoughts: Seamus Heaney's The How Lantern

17. A Wounded Man Falling Towards Me: Seamus Heaney's
The Government of the Tongue

18. Earth and Ethereality: Seamus Heaney's
Selected Poems, 1966-1987

19. Mapping the Air: Adrienne Rich and Jorie Graham

20. Married to Hurry and Grim Song: Jorie Graham's
The End of Beauty

21. Fin-de-Siècle Poetry: Jorie Graham

Credits

Index

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