A Poetry of Two Minds
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BeschreibungThe Life of Poetry: Poets on Their Art and Craft offers books by poets writing prose on their alluring and elusive genre. These books will help readers to understand the poems on the page as much as they help poets to understand the mechanics of the process. These vital and engaging books articulate the literary vision, aesthetic beliefs, and pleasure in poetry in a way only practicing poets can, and contribute to the long and lively tradition of poets writing on their art and craft.In his long-awaited first book of prose, poet and essayist Sherod Santos takes a compelling look into some of poetry's deepest secrets, an investigation that leads him to the surprising conclusion that poems have minds of their own, minds often inaccessible even to the one who composed them.In these essays, Santos explores not only what he thinks about poetry but also what and how poetry thinks about itself. His writings range across the history of Western poetry, from formative classical myths to modern experimental forms, and touch on subjects as diverse as the rhetorical history of cannibalism, the political and cultural uses of translation, and the current state of American poetry. Along the way, he calls on past poets like Ovid, Baudelaire, and Phyllis Wheatley, on twentieth-century poets like Wallace Stevens, H. D., and Rainer Maria Rilke, and on writers and thinkers like Montaigne, Walter Benjamin, Simone Weil, and Paul de Man.These essays explore facets of poetry known best to one who has practiced the art for years. From the methods of poetic attention to the processes by which perception is transformed into language and from the illusive relationship between poetry and "meaning" to theintegral relationship between poetry and memory, this collection delves into what it means to be a poet and how being a poet is intimately tied to one's social and cultural moment.With Santos's trademark flair for seeking out the overlooked and unforeseeable, A Poetry of Tw
PortraitSherod Santos is the author of four volumes of poetry, most recently "The Pilot Star Elegies," which was nominated for the National Book Award. In 1999 he received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is a professor of English at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: UNIV OF GEORGIA PR
Erscheinungsdatum: Juli 2000
Seitenanzahl: 208 Seiten