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Two Ways Out of Whitman

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781857544602
Author(s): Donald Davie
Format: Paperback
Year: 2000
Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
Dimensions: 136 x 19 x 216 (w x l x h)
Pages: 280
Series: Health, Risk and Society

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This new collection of essays on American poetry by Donald Davie (1922-1995) displays again 'the scale and range' of one of the great 'understanders' of poetry of our century, here fulfilling his chosen role as bridge-builder between poets, poetries and cultures. Something distinctively American begins with Whitman, and Davie takes his bearings from the nineteenth-century writer whose long shadow fell so decisively on the Modernists and their successors. It is the radical difference of Whitman's approach, his copiousness, his opened forms, that any reader of modern American poetry must come to terms with. The earliest essay in this book was published in 1954, the latest in 1991: four decades' engagement with American poetry, with changes in perspective which illuminate his subjects and the developing concerns of the critic. Readers come to share his enthusiasms, engage with his critical strictures, take pleasure and learn from the dialogue he invites.
Whether he is studying in depth a poem by Wallace Stevens, Lorine Niedecker, Robert Lowell or Robert Pinsky, or evoking the world of Yvor Winters, or exploring the work of those 'Black Mountain' poets (Ed Dorn and Charles Olson) whom he unfashionably commended to English readers, or raising fundamental questions about the place of William Carlos Williams in the American canon, he is invariably alert, independent-minded and plain spoken, an incomparable guid Please click here to ask a question
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