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Vendler, Helen, 1933-
Last looks, last books : Stevens, Plath, Lowell, Bishop, Merrill / Helen Vendler
Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, c2010
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 4th Floor  PS310.D42 V46 2010    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) American poetry -- 20th century -- History and criticism
Death in literature
Subject Stevens, Wallace, 1879-1955 -- Criticism and interpretation
Stevens, Wallace, 1879-1955. Rock
Plath, Sylvia -- Criticism and interpretation
Plath, Sylvia. Ariel
Lowell, Robert, 1917-1977 -- Criticism and interpretation
Lowell, Robert, 1917-1977. Day by day
Bishop, Elizabeth, 1911-1979 -- Criticism and interpretation
Bishop, Elizabeth, 1911-1979. Geography III
Merrill, James, 1926-1995 -- Criticism and interpretation
Merrill, James, 1926-1995. Scattering of salts
Physical Description x, 152 p. ; 23 cm
Contents Introduction: last looks, last books -- Looking at the worst: Wallace Stevens' The rock -- The contest of melodrama and restraint: Sylvia Plath's Ariel -- Images of subtraction: Robert Lowell's Day by day -- Caught and freed: Elizabeth Bishop and Geography III -- Self-portraits while dying: James Merrill and A scattering of salts
Summary Vendler "examines the ways in which five great modern American poets, writing their final books, try to find a style that does justice to life and death. With traditional religious consolations no longer available to them, these poets must invent new ways to express the crisis of death, as well as the paradoxical coexistence of a declining body and an undiminished consciousness....The solution for one poet will not serve for another; each must invent a bridge from an old style to a new one. Casting a last look at life as they contemplate death, these modern writers enrich the resources of lyric poetry"--From publisher description
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [143]-148)
Series A.W. Mellon lectures in the fine arts ; 2007
Bollingen series ; 35:56

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