By Angus FLETCHER
Amid gloomy forecasts of the decline of the arts and the demise of poetry, Angus Fletcher, a sensible and committed literary voice, sounds a word of robust, tempered optimism. He lays out a clean method of American poetry at huge, the 1st in different many years, expounding a safeguard of the paintings that may resonate good into the hot century.
Breaking with the drained behavior of treating American poets because the chuffed or rebellious youngsters of eu romanticism, Fletcher uncovers a unique lineage for American poetry. His element of departure is the interesting English author, John Clare; he then facilities at the extensively American imaginative and prescient expressed through Emerson and Walt Whitman. With Whitman this booklet insists that "the entire concept and nature of poetry" wishes notion from technology whether it is to accomplish a very democratic vista. Drawing variously on Complexity conception and on basics of artwork and grammar, Fletcher argues that our most interesting poetry is nature-based, environmentally formed, and descriptive in goal, permitting poets like John Ashbery and different contemporaries to find a mysterious pragmatism.
Intense, resonant, and deeply literary, this account of an American poetics exhibits how ultra-modern consumerist and conformist tradition subverts the mind's eye of a loose humans. whereas centering on American imaginative and prescient, the argument extends our horizon, notable a blow opposed to all economically sanctioned assaults upon the finer, superior human capacities. Poetry, the writer keeps, is significant to any coherent imaginative and prescient of life.
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