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Neon Griot: The Functional Role of Poetry Readings in the Black Arts Movement

Lorenzo Thomas

in Close Listening: Poetry and the Performed Word

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195109924
eISBN:
9780199855261
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195109924.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

The two most widely known African American poets before the 20th century were Frances Ellen Watkins Harper and Paul Laurence Dunbar. Harper was an accomplished elocutionist and Emerson's ... More


Amiri Baraka and the Poetics of Turning Away

Andrew Epstein

in Beautiful Enemies: Friendship and Postwar American Poetry

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195181005
eISBN:
9780199851010
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181005.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

The supreme importance of turning away—and its centrality to the definition of poetry itself—speaks volumes about Amiri Baraka's poetics and the course of his volatile, controversial career. The ... More


Dante Abolitionist and Nationalist in the Nineteenth Century: The Case of Cordelia Ray

Dennis Looney

in Dante in the Long Nineteenth Century: Nationality, Identity, and Appropriation

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199584628
eISBN:
9780191739095
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584628.003.0015
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, Poetry

The appropriation of Dante by Cordelia Ray, a late nineteenth-century African American author whose thinking about race, civic activism, and freedom was refracted through her reading of the medieval ... More


The Poetic Universe: Mapping Interrelations between Modern American Poetry and the Sciences

Peter Middleton

in Physics Envy: American Poetry and Science in the Cold War and After

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780226290003
eISBN:
9780226290140
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226290140.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Postwar New American poets and their successors, the Language Writers, insisted that their poetry was capable of intellectual inquiry. After giving examples of their claims for poetry, the chapter ... More


Rita Dove, Dancing (2005)

Willard Spiegelman

in Imaginative Transcripts: Selected Literary Essays

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195368130
eISBN:
9780199852192
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368130.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter looks at American poet Rita Dove's new volume of dance poems American Smooth. It explains that it was a specific hardship that led Dove to her current dancing obsession and to the ... More


“In the Mash of the Upper and Nether”: Ben Belitt’s Places (1976)

Willard Spiegelman

in Imaginative Transcripts: Selected Literary Essays

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195368130
eISBN:
9780199852192
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368130.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter criticizes the works of American poet and translator Ben Belitt. It discusses Belitt's sense of place and suggests that fully half of his poems depict a landscape or action within an ... More


Repetition and Singularity (2003): On Louise Glück, The Seven Ages, and Jorie Graham, Never

Willard Spiegelman

in Imaginative Transcripts: Selected Literary Essays

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195368130
eISBN:
9780199852192
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368130.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter analyses American poets' new collection, Louise Glück's The Seven Ages and Jorie Graham's Never. Glück has remained faithful simultaneously to individuality and ordinary experience and ... More


Poetry in Review: On the Collected Poems of Donald Justice (2004)

Willard Spiegelman

in Imaginative Transcripts: Selected Literary Essays

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195368130
eISBN:
9780199852192
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368130.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter criticizes American poet Donald Justice book Collected Poems. It explains that Justice spoke more fluently on behalf of nostalgia as a primary human emotion than any other poet of his ... More


Poetry in Review: On A. R. Ammons and John Ashbery (2006)

Willard Spiegelman

in Imaginative Transcripts: Selected Literary Essays

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195368130
eISBN:
9780199852192
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368130.003.0016
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter discusses Americans poets A. R. Ammons' Bosh and Flapdoodle and John Ashbery's Where Shall I Wander. It suggests that both works are filled with black humor, nostalgia, regret, ... More


The Apotheosis of Hebrew

in Sanctuary in the Wilderness: A Critical Introduction to American Hebrew Poetry

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804762939
eISBN:
9780804779104
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804762939.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

This chapter explores how American Hebrew poets persisted in producing a rich and substantial body of verse well into the middle of the twentieth century, despite being ignored by the center in ... More


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