In this book Robert Pinsky writes about contemporary poetry as it reflects its modernist and Romantic past. He isolates certain persistent ideas about poetry's situation relative to life and focuses on the conflict the poet faces between the nature of words and poetic forms on one side, and the nature of experience on the other.
The author ranges for his often surprising examples from Keats to the great modernists such as Stevens and Williams, to the contents of recent magazines. He considers work by Ammons, Ashbery, Bogan, Ginsberg, Lowell, Merwin, O'Hara, and younger writers, offering judgments and enthusiasms from a viewpoint that is consistent but unstereotyped.
Like his poetry, Robert Pinsky's criticism joins the traditional and the innovative in ways that are thoughtful and unmistakably his own. His book is a bold essay on the contemporary situation in poetry, on the dazzling achievements of modernism, and on the nature or "situation" of poetry itself
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"The mind at work in ^IThe Situation of Poetry^N is lively, fresh, and critical without being obsessed by the rigor of criticism. [Pinsky's] comments are brief, vivid, distinct . . . and his taste is excellent."--Denis Donoghue, ^IThe New York Times Book Review^N "No one can read Pinsky's writing without being provoked to thought."--Helen Vendler, ^IThe Nation^N "A first-rate piece of work. I can't imagine anyone capable of reading this book and not learning from it."--Hugh KennerFrom the Back Cover:
"A first-rate piece of work. I can't imagine anyone capable of reading this book and not learning from it."--Hugh Kenner
"Robert Pinsky belongs to that rarest category of talents, a poet-critic."--Robert Lowell
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Book Description Princeton University Press, 1976. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. First Edition. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0691063141
Book Description Princeton University Press, 1977. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 691063141