A Coherent Splendor: The American Poetic Renaissance, by Albert Gelpi

By Albert Gelpi

During this booklet Professor Gelpi strains the emergence of yankee Modernist poetry as a response to, and outgrowth of, the Romantic ideology of the 19th century. He specializes in the notable new release of poets who got here to adulthood within the years of the 1st international battle and whose works represent the primary physique of poetic Modernism in English. this huge old argument is constructed via monographic chapters at the poets which come with shut readings in their significant poems. finished in scope and sophisticated in its research, Gelpi's e-book offers to be one of many significant stories of yankee poetry for years yet to come.

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55 But when the poet asks the star to translate its mystery into speech which "we can learn / By heart and when alone repeat," it merely burns in silence. And since stellar time and stellar space afford perspective, not transcendence, sooner or later the pioneer must return to battle the elements. Clearing his place confirms his mastery of at least the immediate environs, psychological and circumstantial, and provides a framed patch of sky: horizons which he must guard against the trees' remorseless return.

Far in the pillared dark Thrush music went Almost like a call to come in To the dark and lament. But no, I was out for stars: I would not come in. 54 To Frost astronomy was more dependable than metaphysics. " 55 But when the poet asks the star to translate its mystery into speech which "we can learn / By heart and when alone repeat," it merely burns in silence. And since stellar time and stellar space afford perspective, not transcendence, sooner or later the pioneer must return to battle the elements.

Weeping / From a twig's having lashed across it open," seeks respite by climbing a tree; he must descend again to earth, with all its risks and dangers, but the pain makes the ascent as necessary as the return. "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" is not a charming poem about how fretful responsibilities sometimes distract us from a soothing excursion into nature. 46 The New England woods were no longer, of course, the trackless wilderness which John Winthrop and Anne Bradstreet and Edward Taylor faced three centuries before, but they were still lonesome and scary, especially as a psychological landscape.

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