The Dance of the Intellect: Studies in the Poetry of the Pound Tradition

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Must poetic form be, as Yeats demanded, "full, sphere-like, single," or can it accommodate the impurities Yeats and his Modernist generation found so problematic? Sixty years later, these are still open questions, questions Marjorie Perloff addresses in these essays.
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Overview


Must poetic form be, as Yeats demanded, "full, sphere-like, single," or can it accommodate the impurities Yeats and his Modernist generation found so problematic? Sixty years later, these are still open questions, questions Marjorie Perloff addresses in these essays.
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"There are few critics we are drawn to not only for insight into their particular enthusiasm of the moment but also for the sheer joy of watching their intelligence worry this text or that. . . . For our area, Marjorie Perloff is quickly joining [these] ranks. . . . The Dance of the Intellect continues the project begun by Perloff in The Poetics of Indeterminacy, examination of the 'other' (dare we yet say primary) tradition in American poetry." --Lee Bartlett, American Literary Scholarship
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810113800
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 8/12/1996
  • Series: Avant-Garde & Modernism Studies Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 243
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Marjorie Perloff is the Sadie Dernham Patek professor of Humanities at Stanford University. She is the author of many books of literary criticism, including Poetic License: Essays on Modernist and Postmodernist Lyric and The Poetics of Indeterminacy: Rimbaud to Cage, both published by Northwestern University Press.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Pound/Stevens: whose era? 1
2 The portrait of the artist as collage-text: Pound's Gaudier-Brzeska and the "italic" texts of John Cage 33
3 "Letter, penstroke, paperspace": Pound and Joyce as co-respondents 74
4 "To give a design": Williams and the visualization of poetry 88
5 "The shape of the lines": Oppen and the metric of difference 119
6 Between verse and prose: Beckett and the New Poetry 135
7 From image to action: the return of story in postmodern poetry 155
8 Postmodernism and the impasse of lyric 172
9 "Unimpededness and interpenetration": the poetic of John Cage 201
10 The Word as Such: L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poetry in the eighties 215
Index 239
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