The Wounded Surgeon: Confession and Transformation in Six American Poets: The Poetry of Lowell, Bishop, Berryman, Jarrell, Schwartz, and Plath

The Wounded Surgeon: Confession and Transformation in Six American Poets: The Poetry of Lowell, Bishop, Berryman, Jarrell, Schwartz, and Plath

by Adam Kirsch

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ISBN-13: 9780393243284
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 10/07/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 686 KB

About the Author

Adam Kirsch is a poet, literary critic, and the director of the master’s program in Jewish studies at Columbia University. He is a also columnist for Tablet and a contributor to the New York Times Book Review and The New Yorker. He lives in New York.

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3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Adam Kirsch has written an interesting 'surgical procedure' in the THE WOUNDED SURGEON: he defends the so-called 'Confessional Poets' Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Bishop, Sylvia Plath, John Berryman, Randall Jarrell, and Delmore Schwartz whose work from 1940 through the 1970s, praising 'the resolve, not to say heroism, that these poets displayed by submitting their most intimate and painful experiences to the objective discipline of art.' In clear and at all times illuminating prose Kirsch examines each of these six poets and relates the personal lives that influenced their major works. Not a gossip column this, but an erudite exploration of how pain and death and disappointment and tragedy of all manner drove these poets to validate their own sorrows and rage rather that imagining those feelings or assigning them to fictitious personages.While most everyone knows the life and times and resulting poetry of Sylvia Plath (endless biographies and films have seen to that), few of the others' lives are understood. Kirsch sets the record straight and in doing so makes lucid some of the more obtuse works included in this book.Some would argue that Kirsch's thesis goes on too long, but in getting into the minds and hearts of poets can be a lengthy process. Kirsch has done a fine job of study on these six poets and lets us see how their art transformed their lives by their confessional poetry. Grady Harp
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