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Never in Doubt: Critical Essays on American Books, 1972-1985

Prescott, Peter S.

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ISBN 10: 0877958033 / ISBN 13: 9780877958031
Published by Arbor House, 1986
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Title: Never in Doubt: Critical Essays on American ...

Publisher: Arbor House

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fair

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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Book by Prescott, Peter S

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Women's poetry is often disparaged for its presumed "privacy" and "escapism," and unfairly judged in terms of male-imposed categories (forceful, masterly, large, powerful are terms in the male critic's lexicon). In a thought-provoking book, Ostriker, poet, critic and professor at Rutgers, redefines the nature and meaning of poetry by American women. "The true nature of poetry is the drive to connect," wrote Adrienne Rich. Ostrikerconfirm spelling/sp ok focuses on how women poets of the past 20 years have fulfilled this drive in poems that challenge gender stereotypes, link the personal to the communal, further self-integration and explore experiences basic to being a woman. She identifies a body of "satiric and retaliatory" verses by such poets as May Swenson, Muriel Rukeyser, Anne Sexton, Diane Wakoski and Margaret Atwood; these poems overturn the ideal of the male as lover, hero, father, God. As mythmakers, women poets, unlike Yeats, Pound or Eliot, show little concern for the past as a repository of truth, goodness or desirable social organization. Instead, women poets seek to "steal the language," using familiar figures to their own subversive ends in uncoverng woman's potentiality as artist, healer and force for social change.
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