By Angus FLETCHER
Amid gloomy forecasts of the decline of the arts and the dying of poetry, Angus Fletcher, a sensible and devoted literary voice, sounds a notice of robust, tempered optimism. He lays out a clean method of American poetry at huge, the 1st in numerous many years, expounding a safeguard of the paintings that may resonate good into the recent century.
Breaking with the drained behavior of treating American poets because the satisfied or rebellious childrens of ecu romanticism, Fletcher uncovers a special lineage for American poetry. His aspect of departure is the attention-grabbing English author, John Clare; he then facilities at the considerably American imaginative and prescient expressed via Emerson and Walt Whitman. With Whitman this booklet insists that "the entire idea and nature of poetry" wishes idea from technological know-how whether it is to accomplish a really democratic vista. Drawing variously on Complexity concept and on basics of artwork and grammar, Fletcher argues that our most interesting poetry is nature-based, environmentally formed, and descriptive in target, allowing poets like John Ashbery and different contemporaries to find a mysterious pragmatism.
Intense, resonant, and deeply literary, this account of an American poetics indicates how state-of-the-art consumerist and conformist tradition subverts the mind's eye of a unfastened humans. whereas centering on American imaginative and prescient, the argument extends our horizon, amazing a blow opposed to all economically sanctioned assaults upon the finer, greater human capacities. Poetry, the writer keeps, is primary to any coherent imaginative and prescient of life.
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