How Poets See the World : The Art of Description in Contemporary Poetry

By: Spiegelman, WillardMaterial type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on DemandPublisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2005Description: 1 online resource (253 p.)ISBN: 9780198039006Subject(s): American poetry | American poetry - 20th century - History and criticism | Art and literature | Art in literature | Description (Rhetoric) | Ekphrasis | History and criticism | Landscape in literature | Nature in literature | Vision in literature | Visual perception in literatureGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: How Poets See the World : The Art of Description in Contemporary PoetryDDC classification: 811.00922 LOC classification: PS310.V57 S67 2005ebOnline resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Contents; ONE: "The Way Things Look Each Day": Poetry, Description, Nature; TWO: "Just Looking": Charles Tomlinson and the "Labour of Observation"; THREE: What to Make of an Augmented Thing: Amy Clampitt''s Syntactic Dramas; FOUR: Charles Wright and "The Metaphysics of the Quotidian"; FIVE: "A Space for Boundless Revery": Varieties of Ekphrastic Experience; SIX: John Ashbery's Haunted Landscapes; SEVEN: Jorie Graham's "New Way of Looking"; Notes; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; Z
Summary: How do poets see the world? What are they looking for? How do they transcribe their vision and make poems out of their observations? This work looks at poets (John Ashbery, Amy Clampitt, Jorie Graham, Charles Tomlinson, and Charles Wright), with an eye to explain the art of description in poetry.
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Contents; ONE: "The Way Things Look Each Day": Poetry, Description, Nature; TWO: "Just Looking": Charles Tomlinson and the "Labour of Observation"; THREE: What to Make of an Augmented Thing: Amy Clampitt''s Syntactic Dramas; FOUR: Charles Wright and "The Metaphysics of the Quotidian"; FIVE: "A Space for Boundless Revery": Varieties of Ekphrastic Experience; SIX: John Ashbery's Haunted Landscapes; SEVEN: Jorie Graham's "New Way of Looking"; Notes; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; Z

How do poets see the world? What are they looking for? How do they transcribe their vision and make poems out of their observations? This work looks at poets (John Ashbery, Amy Clampitt, Jorie Graham, Charles Tomlinson, and Charles Wright), with an eye to explain the art of description in poetry.

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Out there on the energy grid of American poetry, one transmission line bears a particularly high load: description. The poles between which this lyrical charge seem to alternate are mystical revelation on one end and hardheaded skepticism on the other. Long neglected as a subject for literary analysis, the poetic technique of description has at last returned to critical attention. With this book Spiegelman (Southern Methodist Univ. and editor in chief of The Southwest Review) makes an important contribution to the literature on what W. J. T. Mitchell calls "picture theory," that is, the nexus of word and image. Via shrewd analysis on an eclectic range of poets--Gary Snyder, Charles Tomlinson, Amy Clampitt, John Ashbery, Jorie Graham, and others--Spiegelman sometimes seduces but more often startles his reader into an awareness of the vital role description plays in contemporary American poetry. By probing the work of poets who "can be characterized as paradoxically selfless and individuated," Spiegelman, whose prose is as eloquent as it is insightful, demonstrates with ample grace that description does indeed make a profound difference when it comes to interpreting a poem: "What might seem extraneous, and either literally or figuratively inconsequential, demands our critical attention." ^BSumming Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. J. P. O'Grady Rocky Mountain College

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Willard Spiegelman is Hughes Professor of English at Southern Methodist University and Editor-in-Chief of The Southwest Review.

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