Stubborn Poetries: Poetic Facticity and the Avant-Garde (Modern & Contemporary Poetics)

By: Quartermain, Peter

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"Stubborn Poetries" is a study of poets whose work, because of its difficulty, apparent obduracy, or simple resistance to conventional explication, remains more-or-less firmly outside the canon. The focus of the essays in "Stubborn Poetries" by Peter Quartermain is on nonmainstream poets--often unknown, unstudied, and neglected writers whose work bucks preconceived notions of what constitutes the avant-garde. "Canonical Strategies and the Question of Authority: T.S. Eliot and William Carlos Williams" opens the collection and sounds a central theme: Quartermain argues that Williams, especially in his early work, soughtnoncanonical status, in contrast to Eliot, who rapidly identified his work with a literary and critical establishment. As is well known, Eliot attracted early critical and academic attention; Williams did not. Williams's insistence that the personal and individual constituted his sole authority is echoed again and again in the work of the writers examined in the subsequent essays. In considering the question "What makes the poems the way they are?"most of the essays offer close readings (etymological, social, linguistic, and even political) of linguistically innovative twentieth-century poets. Linguistic innovation, as Marjorie Perloff and many other critics have shown, shows no reverence for national boundaries; two of the poets discussed are British (Basil Bunting and Richard Caddel) and two Canadian (Robin Blaser and Steve McCaffery). The last four essays in the book consider more general topics: the shape and nature of the book, the nature of poetic fact, the performance of the poem (is it possible to read a poem aloud well?), and--closing the book--an excursus (via the Greek myth of Io and the typography of Geofroy Tory) on the alphabet.

Title: Stubborn Poetries: Poetic Facticity and the Avant-Garde (Modern & Contemporary Poetics)

Author Name: Quartermain, Peter

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Publisher: University Alabama Press:

ISBN Number: 0817357483

ISBN Number 13: 9780817357481

Binding: PAPERBACK

Book Condition: Very Good

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