The Old Formalism: Character in Contemporary American Poetry

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Part 1 of The Old Formalism, "The Practice," is a close study of some of the conventions and developments in contemporary American poetry. In "Personae," the second part, he gives a studied reading of a group of several admired poets." "This book takes a decided stand in the ongoing debate of the past two decades about the relationship of American poetry to American culture. In an age when image dominates word, and the business of poetry is nearly as celebrity - laden as Hollywood, Holden takes us past the media ...
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Part 1 of The Old Formalism, "The Practice," is a close study of some of the conventions and developments in contemporary American poetry. In "Personae," the second part, he gives a studied reading of a group of several admired poets." "This book takes a decided stand in the ongoing debate of the past two decades about the relationship of American poetry to American culture. In an age when image dominates word, and the business of poetry is nearly as celebrity - laden as Hollywood, Holden takes us past the media glitz, backstage where the poems are waiting to be read.
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This book takes a decided stand in the ongoing debate of the past two decades about the relationship of American poetry to American culture.In an age when image dominates word, and the business of poetry is nearly as celebrity-laden as Hollywood, Holden takes us past the media glitz and, in a clear, incisive manner, teaches us how to read well again.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781557285683
  • Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.35 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
I The Practice
Character in Contemporary American Poetry 3
American Male Poetry of Sensibility 15
Character Weakness: Mauvaise Foi 23
Sex and Poetry 33
Rhetoricity 41
The Public Nature of End-Rhymed Poems 51
The Old Formalism 63
II Personae
Leonard Nathan: Poet as Odysseus 77
Ted Kooser: The Chekhov of American Poetry 89
Richard Hugo's Gift to Us: The Permission of Emotional Honesty 95
The Poet as Clown 105
William Stafford: Genius in Carnouflage 119
The Judge Is Fury: The Moral Urgency of Mary Kinzie's Ghost Ship 127
Divine Honors: Hilda Raz and the Music of Pain 133
Conclusion 139
Index 143
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