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Piers Plowman and the Poetics of Enigma: Riddles, Rhetoric, and Theology

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In this book, Curtis Gruenler proposes that the concept of the enigmatic, latent in a wide range of medieval thinking about literature, can help us better understand in medieval terms much of the era’s most enduring literature, from the riddles of the Anglo-Saxon…
No Symbols Where None Intended: Literary Essays From Laclos To Beckett

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Obsessive Images: Symbolism in Poetry of the 1930s and 1940s

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Obsessive Images was first published in 1960. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions. As Mark Schorer comments,…
E. E. Cummings' Modernism and the Classics: Each Imperishable Stanza
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|September 22, 2016

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This volume is a major, ground-breaking study of the modernist E. E. Cummings' engagement with the classics. With his experimental form and syntax, his irreverence, and his rejection of the highbrow, there are probably few current readers who would name Cummings…
Elizabeth Bishop and Translation
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|November 28, 2016

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The book examines the relationship between translation and original creation in the works of the American poet Elizabeth Bishop, suggesting that translation can be seen as a poetic principle which can be related to the poet’s original works, too. The book offers…
Early Modern Women and the Poem
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|May 16, 2016

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Viewing the poem as a social agent and product in women's lives, the essays in this collection examine factors influencing the relationships between writers and readers of poetry in seventeenth-century England and Scotland. The archival and theoretical research…
Thomas Hardy's Pastoral: An Unkindly May
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|April 29, 2016

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This book reads Hardy's poetry of the rural as deeply rooted in the historical tradition of the pastoral mode even as it complicates and extends it. It shows that in addition to reinstating the original tensions of classical pastoral, Hardy dramatizes a…
Gender and Representations of the Female Subject in Early Modern England: Creating Their Own…

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This book examines the interactions between social assumptions about womanhood and women's actual voices represented in plays and writings by authors of both genders in Jacobean England, placing the special emphasis on Lady Mary Wroth.
Selected Poetry and Prose of Edmond Holmes
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|May 23, 2016

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This book represents the first scholarly gathering together of the long-neglected poetry of the School Inspector, educationalist and philosopher Edmond Holmes (1850 – 1936). Alongside a generous selection from Holmes’s six volumes of poetry there is also a full…
Cancer Poetry
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This is the first critical study to offer a sustained analysis of the theme of cancer in contemporary poetry. In discussing works by major poets, including Paul Muldoon, Jo Shapcott and Christopher Reid, Cancer Poetry traces the complex ways in which poets…
George Oppen: The Words in Action
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|August 26, 2016

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George Oppen's standing in American poetry has never been greater. Yet despite the mass of critical writing since his death in 1984, the essential basis of the verse—the words on the page and their acoustics—has rarely been the subject of discussion. In this book…
On Voice in Poetry: The Work of Animation
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|March 22, 2015

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What do we mean by 'voice' in poetry? In this work, David Nowell Smith teases out the diverse meanings of 'voice', from a poem's soundworld to the rhetorical gestures through which poems speak to us, in order to embark on a philosophical exploration of the…