The Hatred Of Poetry by Ben LernerThe Hatred Of Poetry by Ben Lerner

The Hatred Of Poetry

byBen Lerner

Paperback | June 7, 2016

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No art has been denounced as often as poetry. It's even bemoaned by poets: "I, too, dislike it," wrote Marianne Moore. "Many more people agree they hate poetry," Ben Lerner writes, "than can agree what poetry is. I, too, dislike it and have largely organized my life around it and do not experience that as a contradiction because poetry and the hatred of poetry are inextricable in ways it is my purpose to explore."

In this inventive and lucid essay, Lerner takes the hatred of poetry as the starting point of his defense of the art. He examines poetry's greatest haters (beginning with Plato's famous claim that an ideal city had no place for poets, who would only corrupt and mislead the young) and both its greatest and worst practitioners, providing inspired close readings of Keats, Dickinson, McGonagall, Whitman, and others. Throughout, he attempts to explain the noble failure at the heart of every truly great and truly horrible poem: the impulse to launch the experience of an individual into a timeless communal existence. In The Hatred of Poetry, Lerner has crafted an entertaining, personal, and entirely original examination of a vocation no less essential for being impossible.

Ben Lerner was born in Topeka, Kansas, in 1979. He has been a Fulbright Fellow, a finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry, a Howard Foundation Fellow, and a Guggenheim Fellow. His first novel, Leaving the Atocha Station, won the 2012 Believer Book Award. His second novel, 10:04, an international bestseller, wonThe Paris Review...
Title:The Hatred Of PoetryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 7.5 × 5 × 0.68 inPublished:June 7, 2016Publisher:Farrar, Straus And GirouxLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0865478201

ISBN - 13:9780865478206


Rated 5 out of 5 by from "The fatal problem with poetry: poems." "...more people agree they hate poetry than can agree what poetry is. I, too, dislike it and have largely organized my life around it..." There's a quotable idea about poetry on almost every page of this essay. Even if the last poem you wrote is from your teens and now seems toe-curlingly embarrassing, you should read this. In fact,_especially_if the last you poem you wrote... etc.
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read This is a great read for anyone interested in the art of poetry and has been confused by it.
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insightful I think we all feel a little apprehensive about engaging with poetry - the central anxiety being that we won't or don't understand what the author is trying to convey. Lerner provides a well-written, thoughtful account of why it is so hard to embrace poetry. A great read.
Date published: 2016-12-16