By Albert Gelpi
Albert Gelpi's American Poetry after Modernism is a learn of fourteen significant American poets of the postwar interval, from Robert Lowell to Adrienne wealthy. Gelpi argues pretty American poetic culture used to be solidified within the later half the 20th century, hence severing it from British conventions. In Gelpi's view, what distinguishes the yankee poetic culture from the British is that on the center of the yank undertaking is a first-rate wondering of functionality and medium. the executive paradox in American poetry is the shortcoming of a convention that calls for answering and redefining - redefining what it ability to be a poet and, likewise, how the phrases of a poem create which means, provide perception into fact, and solution the final word questions of dwelling. via chapters dedicated to particular poets, Gelpi explores this paradox via supplying an unique and insightful examining of past due twentieth-century American poetry.
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The reversal is implied in the death of Stephen and made explicit in the apparition of Christ walking on the black water. This Stephen is not the Hungarian nationalist patron but the Christian proto-martyr, who, in being “stoned to death” and “broken down to blood” in imitation of “our Saviour who was hanged till death,” typifies the Christian as redeemed victim. Death in Christ is our ransom from the world; redemption comes in the death of the mortal and sinful body. Incarnation means into the flesh, but Lowell’s dark vision offers no salvific baptismal immersion in the waters of life.
The words must break through rational proposition and demonstration, and the energy, even violence, of the language is the record of that effort. Listeners or readers are meant to be overwhelmed and carried along the rhythmic and sonar propulsion toward an area of perception otherwise beyond comprehension. The Language of Crisis 21 Listen to “Death from Cancer,” the first section of “In Memory of Arthur Winslow,” Lowell’s elegy for his maternal grandfather. It is the second poem in Land of Unlikeness and was included in Lord Weary’s Castle with only minor changes.
The title meant to indicate the disjointed openness of daily jottings and momentary associations, but, dissatisfied with the seeming randomness of the sonnets and the baggy shapelessness of their accumulation, Lowell sorted out the personal and political, with further additions and revisions, into the companion volumes, History and For Lizzie and Harriet (1973), and published them along with “a small scale sequel”37 in a new collection of sonnets called The Dolphin. The sonnets addressed to Lowell’s wife and daughter, and in The Dolphin to Lady Caroline Blackwood, lay out in intimate detail the emotional and moral muddle of his affair with Blackwood, the separation and divorce from Hardwick, and the subsequent marriage to Blackwood and move to her country estate in England.
American Poetry After Modernism: The Power of the Word by Albert Gelpi