The Failure of Poetry, The Promise of Language

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A volume in the Poets on Poetry series, which collects critical works by contemporary poets, gathering together the articles, interviews, and book reviews by which they have articulated the poetics of a new generation.

In The Failure of Poetry, The Promise of Language, Laura (Riding) Jackson examines the subjects of poetry, language, and truth; the conflict between truth and art; and the range of human attitudes to the prospect of truth-speaking. Also included are a series of ...

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Overview

A volume in the Poets on Poetry series, which collects critical works by contemporary poets, gathering together the articles, interviews, and book reviews by which they have articulated the poetics of a new generation.

In The Failure of Poetry, The Promise of Language, Laura (Riding) Jackson examines the subjects of poetry, language, and truth; the conflict between truth and art; and the range of human attitudes to the prospect of truth-speaking. Also included are a series of comments on and judgments of the poets Coleridge, Clare, Eliot, Frost, Vachel Lindsay, Lowell, Pound, Dylan Thomas, and W. C. Williams and selections from her correspondence ranging from 1948 to 1984.

Laura (Riding) Jackson’s first published poems appeared in 1923 in magazines such as The Fugitive. In 1925 she moved to England, and during thirteen years abroad wrote some twenty books of poetry, criticism, and fiction. In 1941 she renounced poetry, married Schuyler B. Jackson, and collaborated with him on what would become Rational Meaning: A New Foundation for the Definition of Words. The Telling, her spiritual testament, was published in 1972. In 1991 she was awarded the Bollingen Prize for her lifetime contribution to poetry. She died on September 2, 1991.

John Nolan is a member of the Laura (Riding) Jackson Board of Literary Management, and co-editor, with Alan J. Clark, of Laura (Riding) Jackson’s Under the Mind’s Watch (2004). He lives in London, England.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780472069576
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Publication date: 5/22/2007
  • Series: Poets on Poetry Series
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 7.99 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents


Chronology of Laura (Riding) Jackson's Life     xiii
Editor's Introduction     1
Prologue: Description of Planned Work     17
Truth Begins Where Poetry Ends
Introduction for a Broadcast; Continued for Chelsea     23
The Failure of Poetry     29
Then, And Now     49
The Otherwise of Words     100
[From] Story, and Story-Style     103
[From] Some Notes on Poetry and Poets in This Century, and My Influence     104
From a Notebook of Essays-In-Little     106
Poetry Has Ever Overtaken Itself     122
Reading for the Library of Congress     125
[From] Twentieth-Century Change in the Idea of Poetry, And of the Poet, And of the Human Being     146
Poetry Log
Random Choices     151
As To Certain Conditions Governing Poem-Making     151
On Thought, In A Poem     153
Not Mere Vulgarity     155
The Road To, In, And Away From, Poetry     157
Other Selections     161
Entry in Twentieth Century Authors (1955)     161
Early Note on Poetry Re-evaluated     164
[From] A Commentary of 1967 in Introduction of Epilogue Volumes I, II, and III (1935, 1936, 1937)     165
Miscellaneous GeneralReflections     167
Some Thoughts On Poetry, Mind, Body, Life, Truth-Loosely Bound     174
Poem-Reality     176
[From] Statement in Contemporary Poets (1970)     178
Background Statement on a new edition of Collected Poems     179
Points Made Briefly
The Tentative Nature of the Excellent In Language as Exemplified in Poetry     187
[Note Concerning] A Pamphlet Against Anthologies, 1928 (1964)     188
Foreword to "Further on Poetry"     188
As To "What Next?"     189
Notes for the Time of Ultimate Candor     190
Introduction to a Reading of "Lucrece and Nara" for Australian Radio     191
Poetry As Image of Poetry     191
Poetry With A Difference     192
A Dour Remarking on Poetry     193
Poetry and The Prophetic     193
The Matter of Metaphor. Addenda     194
To A Poet, on Myth As Modern Matter     195
On Other Poets
Kinds of Poetic Excitement, Kinds of Poets     199
To A Friend on Edward Thomas-and Robert Frost-and Barnes-and John Clare     203
On Burns, and Clare     204
On Coleridge     204
On Vachel Lindsay, and Robert Frost     205
On Robert Frost      206
To A Friend-a University Teacher of English-As To Eliot, Pound, Yeats     207
To Another University Teacher, On Eliot, Pound     208
Robert Lowell (Written Before He Died)     209
From Letters of Mine on Poetry
Two Post-renunciation Poems     239
Note on the Text     245
Index     253
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