The Tenth Muse: The Psyche of the American Poet by Albert GelpiThe Tenth Muse: The Psyche of the American Poet by Albert Gelpi

The Tenth Muse: The Psyche of the American Poet

byAlbert Gelpi

Paperback | September 27, 1991

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In The Tenth Muse, Albert Gelpi asks the hard questions about how poetry can take on for itself the problems of shaping American identities and argues that the conditions of American life and culture have pushed our major poets into a debate between intellect and passion. Gelpi provides thorough readings of major American poets from Bradstreet and Taylor up to the modernists, often using contemporary poets (Rich, Ginsberg, Duncan) as frames for those predecessors. Originally published in 1975 in hardcover only by Harvard University Press
Title:The Tenth Muse: The Psyche of the American PoetFormat:PaperbackDimensions:358 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.75 inPublished:September 27, 1991Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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ISBN - 10:0521424011

ISBN - 13:9780521424011

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Table of Contents

Preface; The muse as psyche, the psyche as muse; 1. The American as artist, the artist as American; 2. Edward Taylor: types and tropes; 3. Ralph Waldo Emerson: the eye of the seer; 4. Edgar Allan Poe: the hand of the maker; 5. Walt Whitman: the self as circumference; 6. Emily Dickinson: the self as center; Notes; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"Albert Gelpi's The Tenth Muse, has given us a strong, suggestive, and revealing book, exquisitely successful in the balance it offers of specific example, modest statement, and guarded psychological interpretation, on the one hand, and on the other hand, broad social history." Robert Coles, Studies in Romanticism