Melodious Guile: Fictive Pattern in Poetic Language

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Yale University Press, 1990 - 262 Seiten
Demonstrating a poet's imaginative ear and a critic's range of concern, John Hollander here writes about the "melodious guile" with which poetry speaks to us. Through analysis of formal and rhetorical patterns in examples chosen from the whole spectrum of English and American poetry, Hollander describes how poems form self-reflexive parable in order to represent realms beyond themselves.
"As astute a book about poetry as anyone has produced in the last five years."--David Lehman, Newsday
"A lively and enlivening work of criticism."--Library Journal
"Hollander, himself a fine poet, is such a generalist; and Melodious Guile, to my mind the best of his critical books, takes its place . . . among the very few enjoyable and enriching studies of how poetry works."--Alastair Fowler, London Review of Books
"An incisive display of beautifully integrated erudition. John Hollander demonstrates, just as post-structuralism is waning, that there are other, more cogent theoretical terms for thinking about poetry and for a return to the reading of poetry."--Robert Alter, University of California, Berkeley
Nominated for a 1988 National Book Circle Award in Criticism
 

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An academic poet adept at poeticizing his academic discourse, Hollander addresses the self-referential nature of poetry by considering how devices such as rhetorical questions and answers, imperatives ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Inhalt

Questions of Poetry
18
Poetic Answers
41
Poetic Imperatives
64
Bondage Work
85
Necessary Hieroglyphs
111
Some Notes on Refrain
130
Spensers Undersong
148
A Long Line
164
The Poetics of Character
194
Examples and Fictions
207
Appendix
233
Notes
241
Index
257
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Über den Autor (1990)

John Hollander has edited several Everyman's Library Pocket Poet volumes, including "Robert Frost", "Christmas Poems", "War Poems", "Marriage Poems", "Animal Poems", & "Garden Poems". He is the A. Bartlett Biamatti Professor of English at Yale University, & the author of numerous books of poetry & criticism. He was made a MacArthur Fellow in 1990.

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