For more than a quarter century, William Logan's witty, bare-knuckled reviews have rocked the pages of the New York Times Book Review, the Times Literary Supplement, the New Criterion, and numerous other journals. Vanity Fair's James Wolcott has called Logan the "best poetry critic in America," a reviewer who vividly assays the most memorable and damning features of a poet's work.The Undiscovered Country measures the critical and textual traditions of Shakespeare's sonnets, Whitman's use of the American vernacular, and the mystery of Marianne Moore. The collection includes a thorough reconsideration of Robert Lowell and a groundbreaking analysis of Sylvia Plath's relationship to her father. Logan's unsparing "verse chronicles" survey the successes and failures of contemporary verse. While railing against the blandness of much of today's poetry (and the critics who champion mediocre work), Logan also celebrates Paul Muldoon's high comedy, Anne Carson's quirky originality, Seamus Heaney's backward glances, and Czeslaw Milosz's indictment of Polish poetry.
|Publisher:||Columbia University Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
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About the Author
William Logan is author of five works of criticism, including Our Savage Art:Poetry and the Civil Tongue. He has received the inaugural Randall Jarrell Award in Poetry Criticism from the Poetry Foundation and the Corrington Medal for Literary Excellence, as well as numerous awards for his poetry. He is Alumni/ae Professor of English at the University of Florida.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Poetry in the Age of Tin
Prisoner, Fancy-Man, Rowdy, Lawyer, Physician, Priest: Whitman's Brags
Verse Chronicle: Sins and Sensibility
Verse Chronicle: Vanity Fair
"You Must Not Take it So Hard, Madame"
The Mystery of Marianne Moore
Verse Chronicle: No Mercy
Verse Chronicle: The Way of All Flesh
The Extremity of the Flesh
The Triumph of Geoffrey Hill
Verse Chronicle: Author! Author!
Verse Chronicle: Folk Tales
Milton in the Modern: The Invention of Personality
Verse Chronicle: All Over the Map
Verse Chronicle: Falls the Shadow
Poetry and the Age: An Introduction
The World Out-Herods Herod
Lowell's Bubble: A Postscript
Verse Chronicle: The Real Language of Men
Verse Chronicle: Satanic Mills
The Sins of the Sonnets
Books Under Review
Index of Authors Reviewed
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A convenient, almost-one-step-shopping way to get the lay of the land in contemporary poetry. Logan is a rare voice calling the play-it-safe poets of the current generation to account.