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Oppen’s Silence, Crusoe’s Silence, and the Silence of Other Minds

Oren Izenberg

in Being Numerous: Poetry and the Ground of Social Life

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691144832
eISBN:
9781400836529
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691144832.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines the long silence at the center of George Oppen's poetic career, arguing that it was driven in part by his early choice of left-political activism over art. After the 1934 ... More


Defying Social Science: George Oppen and Amiri Baraka

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/9780226290140.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Annual special issues of Scientific American enabled the public to learn about a scientific topic and sometimes to see that scientific knowledge was provisional, the subject of dispute within the ... More


Poems, Poetry, Personhood

Oren Izenberg

in Being Numerous: Poetry and the Ground of Social Life

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691144832
eISBN:
9781400836529
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691144832.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book explores a set of interdependent problems in the history, theory, and politics of recent Anglo-American poetry while offering a challenge and an alternative to a nearly unanimous ... More


Materials

Peter Nicholls

in George Oppen and the Fate of Modernism

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199678464
eISBN:
9780191803727
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199678464.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter affirms that George Oppen's last few years in Mexico were difficult ones and his return to poetry is simply not attributed to the ‘rust and copper dream’, which in its partly humorous ... More


‘A metaphysical edge’: Seascape: Needle’s Eye

Peter Nicholls

in George Oppen and the Fate of Modernism

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199678464
eISBN:
9780191803727
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199678464.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter explains that after George Oppen Settled in San Francisco, he was fascinated anew by the city of his adolescence and especially by an acute sense of being at the edge of the continent. ... More


Beginning Again

Peter Nicholls

in George Oppen and the Fate of Modernism

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199678464
eISBN:
9780191803727
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199678464.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter reiterates that in 1960, George Oppen and his wife Mary settled in New York City after a period of nine years of political exile in Mexico. Oppen was the author of a slim volume of poems ... More


From Avant-Garde to Hegel

Peter Nicholls

in George Oppen and the Fate of Modernism

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199678464
eISBN:
9780191803727
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199678464.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter states that George Oppen finished ‘Of Being Numerous’ early in 1966 and in mid-February of the following year the he and his wife moved to San Francisco, a relocation which would have a ... More


‘Out of the Whirl Wind’: Myth of the Blaze and Primitive

Peter Nicholls

in George Oppen and the Fate of Modernism

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199678464
eISBN:
9780191803727
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199678464.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter explains that the collection of poems written between 1972 and 1975 that George Oppen called ‘Myth of the Blaze’ was never published as a separate volume and first appeared as a sequence ... More


George Oppen and the Fate of Modernism

Peter Nicholls

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199678464
eISBN:
9780191803727
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199678464.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

Regard for George Oppen's poetry has been growing steadily over the last decade. This study engages with a body of work which can be luminously simple and intriguingly opaque. This book charts ... More


Introduction

Peter Nicholls

in George Oppen and the Fate of Modernism

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199678464
eISBN:
9780191803727
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199678464.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This introduction provides a brief summary of the life of George Oppen, who acquired perfect modernist credentials at the very beginning of his career. At age 25, George Oppen was a prime mover in a ... More


Poetry and Prayer

Jahan Ramazani

in Poetry and Its Others: News, Prayer, Song, and the Dialogue of Genres

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780226083735
eISBN:
9780226083421
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226083421.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

Whether atheist, agnostic, or of Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, or other heritage, poets frequently both mimic and interrogate prayer. From Gerard Manley Hopkins, T. S. Eliot, W. B. Yeats, and ... More


The Future of Us

Bonnie Costello

in The Plural of Us: Poetry and Community in Auden and Others

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691172811
eISBN:
9781400887873
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691172811.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter argues that recent poetry is catching up with both Auden and Oppen after a long silencing of the civil tongue. American poets are reclaiming a civic voice for their twenty-first-century ... More


‘Just Rehashed Surrealism’? The Writing of Barrett Watten

in Poetry and Language Writing: Objective and Surreal

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846311154
eISBN:
9781846313790
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846313790.007
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter examines the works of American poet Barrett Watten in relation to surrealism. It discusses Watten's early account of surrealism as a defence of the self and suggests that his serial poem ... More


‘Energy is Eternal Delight’: Blake and Ecopoetic Action

Linda Freedman

in William Blake and the Myth of America: From the Abolitionists to the Counterculture

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
August 2018
ISBN:
9780198813279
eISBN:
9780191851261
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198813279.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

Gary Snyder’s ecopoetical reading of Blake married Blake’s energetic principle with anarchist politics and a deep appreciation of Zen Buddhism and contrasted it with the deadening impact of fossil ... More


Song and Story

James Longenbach

in The Resistance to Poetry

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226492490
eISBN:
9780226492513
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226492513.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter begins with looking at the poems by Charles Bernstein called “Poem” and “Johnny Cake Hollow” to illustrate how a poem that stakes its claim exclusively on sound will only travel so far ... More


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

Peter Middleton

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780226290003
eISBN:
9780226290140
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226290140.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This book argues that after WWII American poets found themselves in an increasingly scientific world where natural and social sciences claimed exclusive rights to knowledge of matter and mind. ... More


The Other Hand

James Longenbach

in The Resistance to Poetry

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226492490
eISBN:
9780226492513
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226492513.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter explores the meaning of “or” in poetry. In Latin, which had several different words for “or,” the word aut was used to express an ultimatum: either X or Y. The words sive or vel were ... More


Three Short Epilogues

Steve Mentz

in Shipwreck Modernity: "Ecologies of Globalization, 1550-1719"

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780816691036
eISBN:
9781452953571
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816691036.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The first epilogue considers a resonant phrase, “the bright light of shipwreck,” from George Oppen’s 1967 poem, “Of Being Numerous.” The second dives down after The Bookfish, a seventeenth-century ... More


Nathaniel Dorsky, Jerome Hiler, and the Polyvalent Film

P. Adams Sitney

in The Cinema of Poetry

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780199337026
eISBN:
9780199370405
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199337026.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies, Poetry

This chapter traces the evolution of Nathaniel Dorsky’s and Jerome Hiler’s cinemas. Finding inspiration for his concept of cinema in John Ashbery, Jack Spicer and George Oppen, Dorsky established his ... More


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