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The Resource Three American poets : Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and Herman Melville, William C. Spengemann

Three American poets : Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and Herman Melville, William C. Spengemann

Label
Three American poets : Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and Herman Melville
Title
Three American poets
Title remainder
Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and Herman Melville
Statement of responsibility
William C. Spengemann
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In this work, the author describes the very different sorts of poetry Whitman, Dickinson, and Melville wrote, their comparable reasons for writing as they did, and the posthumous critical effects of their having done so. By linking these utterly singular poets and their work, verse connected by shared qualities of oddity, complexity, and difficulty, he illuminates the poets' efforts to create verse equal to the demands of a changing nineteenth century. All three responded to a widespread sense of loss, loss, above all, of Christian understandings of the origins, nature, and purpose of human existence, both individual and collective. All three, too, regarded poetry as the sole means of dealing with that loss and of comprehending not only a changing world but the old world from which the new one had departed, and hence the connections between the vanished, discredited past, the baffling present, and the as yet inscrutable future. The author suggests that the poetic eccentricities of Whitman, Melville, and Dickinson arose directly from their use of poetry as a vehicle of thought; each devised a poetic language either to attempt to recover a lost sense of assurance threatened by the collapse of traditional faith or to discover an altogether new ground of knowledge and being. He guides us in parsing their respective poetics with readings closely attuned to diction, syntax, meter, and figure. His descriptions of the poets' verse and their respective characteristic aesthetics afford us heightened access to the poems and the pleasures peculiar to them, in the process making us better readers of poetry in general
Cataloging source
DLC
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Spengemann, William C
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS310.M57
LC item number
S64 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Whitman, Walt
  • Dickinson, Emily
  • Melville, Herman
  • American poetry
  • Modernism (Literature)
Label
Three American poets : Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and Herman Melville, William C. Spengemann
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 223-226)
Contents
Whitman's Modern song -- Sorting with Emily Dickinson -- Melville the poet
Control code
468973452
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xv, 226 p.
Isbn
9780268041328
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2010004291
System control number
(OCoLC)468973452
Label
Three American poets : Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and Herman Melville, William C. Spengemann
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 223-226)
Contents
Whitman's Modern song -- Sorting with Emily Dickinson -- Melville the poet
Control code
468973452
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xv, 226 p.
Isbn
9780268041328
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2010004291
System control number
(OCoLC)468973452

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