THE SITUATION OF POETRY: Contemporary Poetry and Its Traditions

PINSKY, Robert

Published by Princeton University Press (1976), 1976
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vo. Maroon cloth. Very good or better in like jacket. INSCRIBED to half-title page: "April 15, 1977 / To J.V. Cunningham, with great / admiration and warm regards. / Robert Pinksy." With a TLS from the author laid-in. Jacket, top and outer page edges lightly foxed. Else sound, clean. 188pp. Association copy belonging to J.V. Cun- ningham with an April 15, 1977 TLS from Pinsky discussing his recent Academy of American Poets award and the appearance of Cunningham's work in this volume: "I'd like you to have a copy of my recent critical book. The section on your poem you will recognize from the Chicago Review. And while the rest of it contains plenty which you will nei- ther admire nor agree with, I have in my twisted way relied implic- itly on your definition of form . . . and, on the definition of poetry as what people mean by poetry, what a man means when he goes to a bookstore to buy a book of poems as a graduation gift.". Bookseller Inventory #

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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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"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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Title: THE SITUATION OF POETRY: Contemporary Poetry...
Publisher: Princeton University Press (1976)
Publication Date: 1976
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