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Madness and the Romantic Poet: A Critical History
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|July 20, 2017

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Madness and the Romantic Poet examines the longstanding and enduringly popular idea that poetry is connected to madness and mental illness. The idea goes back to classical antiquity, but it was given new life at the turn of the nineteenth century. The book offers…
Invisible Terrain: John Ashbery and the Aesthetics of Nature
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|July 24, 2017

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In his debut collection, Some Trees (1956), the American poet John Ashbery poses a question that resonates across his oeuvre and much of modern art: 'How could he explain to them his prayer / that nature, not art, might usurp the canvas?' When Ashbery asks this…
L'ultimo cuore del Novecento: Paesaggi per la poesia

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Dallo smisurato serbatoio di ricerche e di riflessioni costituito dalla sua opera, fondamentale per una conoscenza consapevole del nostro Novecento letterario, trae origine questo volume, che raccoglie tre saggi su Campana (Il d’Annunzio di Campana; la Genova di…
In the Blue Pharmacy: Essays on Poetry and Other Transformations
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|April 14, 2011

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Collected here are sixteen essays on poets and poetry, the writing life, and a host of fascinating topics that come into the wide range of Marianne Boruch’s attention. She examines how the imagination works with mystery and surprise in a variety of poets from…
Medieval Arabic Praise Poetry: Ibn Al-Rumi and the Patron's Redemption

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This book gives an insight into panegyrics, a genre central to understanding medieval Near Eastern Society. Poets in this multi-ethnic society would address the majority of their verse to rulers, generals, officials, and the urban upper classes, its tone ranging…
The Poetry Handbook
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|January 5, 2006

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The Poetry Handbook is a lucid and entertaining guide to the poet's craft and an invaluable introduction to practical criticism for students. Chapters on each element of poetry from metre to gender offer a wide-ranging general account and end by looking at…
Ancient Historiography and Its Contexts: Studies in Honour of A. J. Woodman

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This is a collection of studies on ancient (especially Latin) poetry and historiography, concentrating especially on the impact of rhetoric on both genres, and on the importance of considering the literature to illuminate the historical Roman context and the…
The Plural of Us: Poetry and Community in Auden and Others
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|October 10, 2017

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The Plural of Us is the first book to focus on the poet’s use of the first-person plural voice—poetry’s “we.” Closely exploring the work of W. H. Auden, Bonnie Costello uncovers the trove of thought and feeling carried in this small word. While lyric has long…
Equipment for Living: On Poetry and Pop Music

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Brilliant, illuminating criticism from a superstar poet—a refreshing, insightful look at how works of art, specifically poetry and popular music, can serve as essential tools for living. How can art help us make sense—or nonsense—of the world? If wrong life…
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…
John Donne's Performances: Sermons, Poems, Letters and Devotions
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|July 19, 2013

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Ever since their rediscovery in the 1920s, John Donne's writings have been praised for their energy, vigour and drama - yet so far, no attempt has been made to approach and define systematically these major characteristics of his work. Drawing on J. L. Austin's…
L'ombra di Cavalcanti E Dante
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|October 4, 2012

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Lo scontro sulla natura dell’amore e della poesia che oppone i due più grandi scrittori del Duecento, Guido Cavalcanti e Dante, segna l’epilogo della ricerca nata con la rivolta dei poeti siciliani al latino della cultura ecclesiastica, e si rivela decisivo per…