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Relfections on poetry by a critic and poet who is also a distinguished literary journalist.
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Relfections on poetry by a critic and poet who is also a distinguished literary journalist.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Newsweek, Parnassus, scholarly university press anthologies--the range of publications where these reviews, essays and miscellaneous pieces first appeared reflects Lehman's Signs of the Times: Deconstruction and the Fall of Paul de Man versatility as a critic of contemporary poetry. Writing about literature for so varied and wide an audience--``a wider audience than is presumed to exist for it''--has led Lehman to declare ``that poetry has not been, as the academics say, fatally `marginalized.' '' This both cheers the lover of poetry and enlivens even Lehman's most scholarly writing with a welcomed sense of freshness. Considering A. R. Ammons's innovative use of punctuation, Lehman notes: ``the colon looks both ways before crossing over to the far side of the street.'' John Hollander's mode of allusion ``acts very much like an inspired typo.'' All the more disappointing then are Lehman's occasional professorial crankiness over supposedly dropping standards and his apparent adherence to the canon of poets handed down by academics: Ashbery, Merrill, Bishop. In the rapping, poetry-slamming, small-press world of the '90s, they are only part of poetry's story. June
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  • ISBN-13: 9780472064830
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/1992
  • Series: Poets on Poetry Series
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

I Lines and Forms
Poetry, Verse and Prose: The End of the Line 3
Notes on Poetic Form 24
Tales of the Oulipo 29
II Seven Poets
Three Meditations on Wallace Stevens 35
Elizabeth Bishop's Prison Sentences 53
Delmore, Delmore: A Mournful Cheer 65
Elemental Bravery: The Unity of James Merrill's Poetry 82
A. R. Ammons: Where Motion and Shape Coincide 121
John Hollander: The Sound and Sense of the Sleight-of-Hand Man 146
The Pleasures of John Ashbery's Poetry 167
III The Life of Words
Money and Poetry 185
Poetry and the Golden Age 192
The Vision Thing 195
Poets Who Work for a Living 198
Ambassadors of the Word 203
Synecdoches of the Subconscious 209
Under the Influence of Harold Bloom 214
Freshman English 218
Criticism and Crisis 221
IV Twenty Questions
Twenty Questions: An Interview 235
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