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The Resource The language(s) of poetry : Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Gerard Manley Hopkins, James Olney

The language(s) of poetry : Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Gerard Manley Hopkins, James Olney

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The language(s) of poetry : Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Gerard Manley Hopkins
Title
The language(s) of poetry
Title remainder
Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Gerard Manley Hopkins
Statement of responsibility
James Olney
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In this clear, succinct, and engaging book, noted critic James Olney explores the work of three seemingly disparate precursors of modernism - Whitman, Dickinson, and Hopkins - and establishes a set of criteria by which any reader might judge and better appreciate a poem. Considering the language of the poets' times, their unique ways with language, and what he calls the "nearly ahistorical language" of poetry, Olney arrives at three properties that form a kind of common ground in poetry, regardless of the cultural context or the era in which the poem was written. These properties are a heightened rhythmization of language, an elevated figurativity of language, and a highly personal, distinctive eccentricity that shapes both the poetic vision and the technical means used to express it. In three chapters, each focusing on one of these properties, Olney shows how the poets shaped these elements in their own distinctive ways. "Dickinsonian" verse, he notes, displays a metrical regularity reminiscent of hymns. It is also a thoroughly metaphorical poetry that works through figures of similarity and resemblance, and it reveals an unmistakable economy as well as a "darting, quicksilver" elusiveness. Whitman's highly rhythmic, but entirely nonmetrical, poetry is dominated by figures of correlation and connection. His verse, pervaded by an insatiate desire to annex the human world and universe to himself, has a sense of being neverending. Hopkins's poems are markedly rhythmic and even metrical, but not according to any traditional or inherited system of metrics. Figuratively mixed, they are highly wrought poems that observe the strictest formalities in order to subjugate unruly and explosive emotions. Throughout his discussions, Olney quotes extensively from the poetry of all three figures and also conveys much about the effect of their personal lives on their work. In plain terms that neither obfuscate nor overshadow his subjects, Olney helps us to understand better the ways in which poets defamiliarize our world and make us see it anew
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DLC
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Olney, James
Dewey number
811/.309
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PS316
LC item number
.O43 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Whitman, Walt
  • Dickinson, Emily
  • Hopkins, Gerard Manley
  • American poetry
  • Whitman, Walt
  • Dickinson, Emily
  • Hopkins, Gerard Manley
  • Whitman, Walt
  • Dickinson, Emily
  • Hopkins, Gerard Manley
  • Whitman, Walt
  • Dickinson, Emily
  • Hopkins, Gerard Manley
  • Hopkins, Gerard Manley
  • Dickinson, Emily
  • Whitman, Walt
  • Dichtkunst
  • Poésie américaine
  • Poésie américaine
  • Lyrik
Label
The language(s) of poetry : Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Gerard Manley Hopkins, James Olney
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"Jack N. and Addie D. Averitt lecture series."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [151]-153) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 1.
  • Sprung Rhythm, Common Meter, and the Barbaric Yawp
  • 2.
  • Tropes of Presence, Tropes of Absence
  • 3.
  • Making Strange
Control code
25630057
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xiv, 158 pages
Isbn
9780820314853
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
92012564
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (WaOLN)1519279
  • (OCoLC)25630057
Label
The language(s) of poetry : Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Gerard Manley Hopkins, James Olney
Publication
Note
"Jack N. and Addie D. Averitt lecture series."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [151]-153) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 1.
  • Sprung Rhythm, Common Meter, and the Barbaric Yawp
  • 2.
  • Tropes of Presence, Tropes of Absence
  • 3.
  • Making Strange
Control code
25630057
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xiv, 158 pages
Isbn
9780820314853
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
92012564
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (WaOLN)1519279
  • (OCoLC)25630057

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