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The Resource Secular lyric : the modernization of the poem in Poe, Whitman, and Dickinson, John Michael

Secular lyric : the modernization of the poem in Poe, Whitman, and Dickinson, John Michael

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Secular lyric : the modernization of the poem in Poe, Whitman, and Dickinson
Title
Secular lyric
Title remainder
the modernization of the poem in Poe, Whitman, and Dickinson
Statement of responsibility
John Michael
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In Secular Lyrics, Michael interrogates the distinctively individual ways that Poe, Whitman, and Dickinson adapt ancient and renaissance conventions of lyric expression to the developing conditions of their modern context, and especially to the heterogeneity of beliefs and believers in a secular society and to the altered or emergent role that literature assumes in a secular age. In close readings of Poe, Whitman, and Dickinson, Michael analyzes how each of these poets registers the pressures and possibilities of these changes in the contexts and audiences for poetry within the transformative tropes and rhetorical textures of their poems. Especially Michael shows how each of these poets, in idiosyncratic but related ways, registers the pressures of the modern crowd--which Benjamin rightly identified as nineteenth-century poetry's essential topic--within their poems, where the mass appears as potential readers, as resistant skeptics, as a heterogeneous crowd of contending beliefs and contentious believers. (Here Michael engages Charles Taylor's redefinitions of secularity in his epochal A Secular Age and recent debates about the secularity or post-secularity of literature and criticism in our present moment.) These nineteenth-century poets (unlike their more conventional contemporaries) cannot imagine credibly advising, authoritatively sermonizing, or effectively consoling the mass, heterogeneous audience they confront. For them, the processes of signification rather than the communication of truths become central to their poetry, which in turn becomes an important origin of the modern poetry that in Europe and the United States follows. Each invokes the normative practices that have long characterized Western poetry only to disrupt the audience's conventional expectations and enliven the reader's sense of language's material density and the limits and potentials of modern life. What Kristeva, years ago, identified as a revolution in poetic language begins not with Mallarme but with Poe, Whitman, and Dickinson, in their attempts to create a space for literature in the modern, secular era they sensed stirring the atmosphere around them
Cataloging source
YDX
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1953-
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Michael, John
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Poe, Edgar Allan
  • Whitman, Walt
  • Dickinson, Emily
  • Dickinson, Emily
  • Whitman, Walt
  • Poe, Edgar Allan
  • Dickinson, Emily
  • Poe, Edgar Allan
  • Whitman, Walt
  • American poetry
  • Lyric poetry
  • MUSIC
  • MUSIC
  • MUSIC
  • American poetry
  • Lyric poetry
Label
Secular lyric : the modernization of the poem in Poe, Whitman, and Dickinson, John Michael
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The secularization of the lyric : the end of art, a revolution in poetic language, and the meaning of the modern crowd -- Poe's posthumanism : melancholy and the music of modernity -- Poe and the origins of modern poetry : tropes of comparison and the knowledge of loss -- Whitman's poetics and death : the poet, metonymy, and the crowd -- Whitman and democracy : the "withness of the world" and the fakes of death -- The poet as lyric reader -- Dickinson's dog and the conclusion
Control code
on1029634170
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780823279746
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
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22573/ctt22235cn
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1029634170
Label
Secular lyric : the modernization of the poem in Poe, Whitman, and Dickinson, John Michael
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The secularization of the lyric : the end of art, a revolution in poetic language, and the meaning of the modern crowd -- Poe's posthumanism : melancholy and the music of modernity -- Poe and the origins of modern poetry : tropes of comparison and the knowledge of loss -- Whitman's poetics and death : the poet, metonymy, and the crowd -- Whitman and democracy : the "withness of the world" and the fakes of death -- The poet as lyric reader -- Dickinson's dog and the conclusion
Control code
on1029634170
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780823279746
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt22235cn
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1029634170

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