Imaginative Transcripts Selected Literary Essays

Hardcover | December 29, 2008

byWillard Spiegelman

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Willard Spiegelman is considered one of the finest critics of poetry writing today and this volume collects his best work on the subject, offering essays that span his entire career and chart his changing relationship to an elusive form. He takes the measure of a wide spectrum of poetry,ranging from the Romantic era to the present, through an examination of those poets whose language, formal experiments, and music have fascinated him throughout his career. With his trademark engaging and stylish prose, Spiegelman takes readers on a tour of the rich and diverse landscape of Britishand American poetry, as he provides nuanced, insightful readings of works by William Wordsworth, John Keats, Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Bishop, and John Ashbery, to name just a few.

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Willard Spiegelman is considered one of the finest critics of poetry writing today and this volume collects his best work on the subject, offering essays that span his entire career and chart his changing relationship to an elusive form. He takes the measure of a wide spectrum of poetry,ranging from the Romantic era to the present, th...

Willard Spiegelman is Duwaine E. Hughes Jr Distinguished Professor of English at Southern Methodist University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:December 29, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Foreword by John HollanderIntroduction1. "'Unforced Marches': A Virgilian Memoir"2. "Wordsworth's Aeneid"3. "Some Lucretian Elements in Wordsworth"4. "Keats's 'Coming Muskrose' and Shakespeare's 'Profound Verdure'"5. "Peter Grimes: The Development of a Hero"6. "The Rake, The Don, The Flute: Auden as Librettist"7. "Landscape and Knowledge: The Poetry of Elizabeth Bishop"8. "'In the Mash of the Upper and Nether': Ben Belitt's Places"9. "'All the World's Plenty, All the Brazen Particulars': The Case of Ben Belitt"10. "The Comedian as the Letter I, or the Perils of Vaudeville in a Post-Modern Age" (on Irving Feldman)11. "Repetition and Singularity" (on Louise Gluck and Jorie Graham)12. "Poetry in Review" (on the Collected Poems of Donald Justice)13. "Rita Dove, Dancing"14. "The Nineties Re-Visited"15. "Jorie Graham Talking"16. "Poetry in Review: (on A. R. Ammons and John Ashbery)17. "'Naked Without My Line-Ends': Robert Lowell in His Letters"18. "The Achievement of Robert Lowell"Index