The Continuity of American Poetry (Classic Reprint) by Roy Harvey PearceThe Continuity of American Poetry (Classic Reprint) by Roy Harvey Pearce

The Continuity of American Poetry (Classic Reprint)

byRoy Harvey Pearce

Paperback | August 4, 2018

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I shall deal in turn with expressions (and with repressions too) of that twin impulse up to our own times, when it has been followed out to its bitterest and fullest implications (by Wallace Stevens) and when it has been subjected to a mythic, orthodox religious transformation, whereby, as it is shown to be merely human, it becomes the means of demonstrating its own inadequacy (by T. S. Eliot). The narrative, as I shall indicate in the Afterword, properly closes with Stevens and Eliot. The one stakes all on the radical sufficiency of humanism; the other, on its radical insufficiency. For the one, freedom, as it is manifested in poetry, guarantees us all the community we can desire; for the other, community, likewise as it is manifested in poetry, guarantees us all the freedom we can bear. In the later work of Stevens and Eliot, the impulse, no longer taken for granted, is conceived of as fixing a set of either/or alternatives at the extreme, man as against God. It might well be that the alterna tiyes are false. Any case, the 1mpulse - wh1ch is to find a place for poetry iii - the life of modern man now, In our owir time, there is se new modes of reconciliation.

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Title:The Continuity of American Poetry (Classic Reprint)Format:PaperbackDimensions:456 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.92 inPublished:August 4, 2018Publisher:FB&C LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0259534323

ISBN - 13:9780259534327

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