A Test of Poetry / Edition 1

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Overview

By juxtaposing several translations of the same passage from Homer; an elegy from Ovid and lines from Herrick that read like an adaptation of Ovid; or a 15th-century poem about a rooster and a contemporary poem about white chickens, Louis Zukofsky has established a means for judging the values of poetic writing.

A wonderful education for the fledgling poet, this handbook, first published in 1948, is the best elucidation of Zukofsky's "objectivist" premises for recognizing value in specific instances of poetry.

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"Wonderfully strange and covertly influential . . . the first volume of an essential series." —Publishers Weekly

"A Test of Poetry has changed over the years into something much more than a mere testing for information. It has become a signature examination, and expression, of the structure of meaning -- as intertextuality, as self. Confronting the test/text of his own life, Zukofsky passes with honors." —American Book Review

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Meet the Author

LOUIS ZUKOFSKY (1904-1978) was born on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. His early work, including his first published poem, "Poem Beginning 'The'," strived to establish the poem as object by employing syntactic fragmentation and line breaks that disrupt normal speech rhythm. Zukofsky invented the term "objectivist" and is widely considered one of the primary forerunners of contemporary avant-garde writing. His many books include "A", Prepositions, Bottom: on Shakespeare, The Complete Short Poetry, and The Collected Fiction.
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Table of Contents

The Writing of Guillaume Apollinaire
Le Flâneur
The Stroller
Il Y A
There Is
Le Poète Ressuscité
The Poet Ressurected
& Cie
And Co.
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