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From Firstborn to Vita Nova: Louise Glück’s Born-Again Professionalism

Jesse Zuba

in The First Book: Twentieth-Century Poetic Careers in America

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691164472
eISBN:
9781400873791
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691164472.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter turns to a poet whose work lies at the opposite end of the spectrum, in several respects, from Ashbery's. Here, the chapter focuses on first books to consider subsequent volumes from ... 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


Forms of Narrative in the Poetry of Louise Glück

Dan Chiasson

in One Kind of Everything: Poem and Person in Contemporary America

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226103815
eISBN:
9780226103846
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226103846.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

Louise Glück is the author of ten books of poetry, including Firstborn (1968) and Averno (2006), and a book of essays, Proofs and Theories (1995). Her most recent books, such as Meadowlands and ... More


The First Book: Twentieth-Century Poetic Careers in America

Jesse Zuba

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691164472
eISBN:
9781400873791
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691164472.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

“We have many poets of the First Book,” the poet and critic Louis Simpson remarked in 1957, describing a sense that the debut poetry collection not only launched the contemporary poetic career but ... More


Biographical Form Five Poets

Peter Campion

in Radical as Reality: Form and Freedom in American Poetry

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780226663234
eISBN:
9780226663401
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226663401.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter begins with a discussion of Robert Lowell's public and aesthetic vision as it relates to the use of the forms of biography in poetry. This is followed by sections that discuss four poets ... 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


Introduction: “One Kind of Everything”

Dan Chiasson

in One Kind of Everything: Poem and Person in Contemporary America

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226103815
eISBN:
9780226103846
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226103846.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This is a book about the relationship between fact and figure in American poetry. Poetic figuration (and the imaginative activity it emblematizes) seems to be either factual or explicitly afactual, ... More


Monologue and Dialogue: The Odyssey in Contemporary Women’s Poetry

Isobel Hurst

in Homer's Daughters: Women's Responses to Homer in the Twentieth Century and Beyond

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
November 2019
ISBN:
9780198802587
eISBN:
9780191840876
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198802587.003.0010
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

With the telling and retelling of stories by the narrator and characters, Homer’s Odyssey seems to invite the reworking of episodes and characters in new forms. Modern poets favour the dramatic ... More


The Forecast is Hurricane: Circe’s Powers and Circe’s Desires in Modern Women’s Poetry

Sheila Murnaghan and Deborah H. Roberts

in Homer's Daughters: Women's Responses to Homer in the Twentieth Century and Beyond

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
November 2019
ISBN:
9780198802587
eISBN:
9780191840876
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198802587.003.0011
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Along with its heroine Penelope, the Odyssey presents an array of ‘other women’, female figures such as the Sirens, Calypso, and Circe, who impede Odysseus’ progress and stand as rivals to Penelope, ... More


Epilogue

Judith Fletcher

in Myths of the Underworld in Contemporary Culture: The Backward Gaze

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
June 2019
ISBN:
9780198767091
eISBN:
9780191821288
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198767091.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Gathering together common themes from works by Barth, Gaiman, Byatt, Selick, Ferrante, Morrison, Bloom, Rushdie, and Patchett, a brief Conclusion reflects on the ubiquity of the descent motif and its ... More


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