The Regenerate Lyric: Theology and Innovation in American Poetry by Elisa NewThe Regenerate Lyric: Theology and Innovation in American Poetry by Elisa New

The Regenerate Lyric: Theology and Innovation in American Poetry

byElisa New

Paperback | April 2, 2009

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In her book The Regenerate Lyric, Elisa New presents a major revision of the accepted historical account of Emerson as the source of the American poetic tradition. New challenges the majority opinion that Emerson not only overthrew New England religious orthodoxy but founded a poetic tradition that fundamentally renounced that orthodoxy in favor of a secular, Romantic approach. She contends that Emerson's reinvention of the religion as a species of poetry is tested and found wanting by the very poetic innovators whom Emerson addressed and that a counter-tradition is evident in his major heirs--Whitman, Dickinson, Crane, Stevens, Frost, and Lowell. Indeed, Emerson's own poetry failed in many ways to live up to his views and instead revealed an inherent paradox: that coopting of religion by a poetic theory alienates religion from its life principle--theology--and disables the poem as well.
Title:The Regenerate Lyric: Theology and Innovation in American PoetryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:292 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.67 inPublished:April 2, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521107318

ISBN - 13:9780521107310


Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I: 1. An Original Relation: Taylor and Emerson; 2. Poetics and the Poem: Emerson; 3. The Savage Source: Emerson and Stevens; Part II: 4. Crossing Leviticus: Whitman; 5. Beyond Circumference: Dickinson; 6. Hand of Fire: Crane; Epilogue The Regenerate Lyric: Lowell and Frost.

Editorial Reviews

"The Regenerate Lyric is an exciting debut. Well-read, and closely argued, it will be of interest for poets, critics, theologians, and historians alike." Matthew Cooperman, American Studies International