Can Poetry Save the Earth

livable or steadily degraded planet. Occasionally emergencies spark awareness: wildfire, hurricane, earthquake, flood, smog alert, bird flu, oil spill, fuel bust. Preferably we have poets, such as Denise Levertov.

Author: John Felstiner

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300155532

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 440

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In forty brief and lucid chapters, Felstiner presents those voices that have most strongly spoken to and for the natural world. Poets- from the Romantics through Whitman and Dickinson to Elizabeth Bishop and Gary Snyder- have helped us envision such details as ocean winds eroding and rebuilding dunes in the same breath, wild deer freezing in our presence, and a person carving initials on a still-living stranded whale.

The Beginning and End of the World

Yale University Press has even published a recent book about poetry and ecology called Can Poetry Save the Earth? That volume's author, John Felstiner, asks idealistically, If poems touch our full humanness, can they quicken awareness ...

Author: Robert Crawford

Publisher: Birlinn

ISBN: 9780857900586

Category: History

Page: 256

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In a work of spectacular imagination and remarkable synthesis, poet Robert Crawford celebrates St Andrews, the first town in the world to have its people, buildings and natural environment thoroughly documented through photography. The Beginning and the End of the World tells the stories of several pioneering Scottish photographers, linking their work to one of the nineteenth century's most scandalous and hotly debated publications. Here is the extraordinary intellectual life of an eccentric society rich in apocalyptically-minded Victorian inventors and authors whose work has had an international impact. The protagonists include a very quarrelsome professor, a cello-playing ex-military golfer, a notorious scientist, a married couple coping with mental breakdown and a physician obsessed with sewage. In paying full attention to these people's inter-relationship, implicitly and explicitly this book suggests that their lasting legacies may have a bearing on our own arguments about environmental sustainability and the possibility of largescale extinction.

T S Eliot Poetry and Earth

Can Poetry Save the Earth? A Field Guide to Nature Poems. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009. Forster, E. M. A Room with a View. London: Penguin, 1990. Friedman, Norman. “Post Script” [to “E. E. Cummings and the Modernist Movement”] ...

Author: Etienne Terblanche

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9780739189580

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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This book pursues a comprehensive reading of T. S. Eliot’s poetry as it engages with Earth. Finding that such engagement is pervasive in the poet’s oeuvre, the book offers a new perspective to critics intrigued by Eliot’s project, the modern poetic enterprise, ecocritical developments, and the vital intersections between these fields of reading.

Cosmopolitan Belongingness and War

Others understand Derrida to mean animal thinking is poetic, and poetry emerges when we have thoughts like animals. See Peter Dayan, “The Time for Poetry ... John Felstiner, Can Poetry Save the Earth? A Field Guide to Nature Poems (New ...

Author: Matthew Leep

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9781438482453

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

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Offers a cosmopolitan account of war that blends sharp inquiry into interspecies politics with original poetry on animals, loss, and war. In Cosmopolitan Belongingness and War, Matthew Leep develops a cosmopolitan account of war that blends sharp inquiry into interspecies politics with original poetry on animals, loss, and war. Informed by the works of Jacques Derrida, this book is not only a somber and sobering exploration of the loss of animal lives during the Iraq War—from the initial US invasion to later struggles with ISIS—but also an imaginative tracing of animal experiences in “spectral-poetic moments.” By emphasizing elegies, poetic space, and multispecies belonging, Leep envisions the cosmopolitan text as a hybrid form of critical and poetic engagement with animal others. An insightful mix of cosmopolitan poetics, poetry, and analysis of the Iraq War in its multispecies entanglements, Cosmopolitan Belongingness and War connects contemporary concerns with political violence, memory, and interspecies politics to imagine a more spectral, posthumanist, and poetic cosmopolitanism. Interdisciplinary in scope, this book will engage scholars of international relations, political theory, US foreign policy, animal studies, poetry, and Derrida, as well as those interested in human-animal relations in perilous times. Matthew Leep is Instructor of Political Science at Western Governors University.

From Ego to Eco

Can Poetry Save the Earth? The title of John Felstiner's recent study of nature poetry across the continents and centuries picks up on final sentence of Jonathan Bate in his seminal book on ecopoetry, The Song of the Earth (2000): “[i]f ...


Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004358324

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 244

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From Ego to Eco – Mapping Shifts from Anthropocentrism to Ecocentrism investigates philosophical, political, and aesthetic formations of ecocentrism, arguing that ecocentrism is a phenomenon that can be observed in a broad variety of national and historical contexts.

Modern Ecopoetry

Section II, “Can Poetry Really Save the Earth?”, makes use of the title of John Felstiner's eponymous book (2009) to reflect on the usefulness of poetry in the face of the rampant destruction impending on the planet in the geological ...


Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004445277

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 222

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Modern Ecopoetry: Reading the Palimpsest of the More-Than-Human World explores the fruitful dialogue between poetry and the more-than-human world from various critical standpoints in modern English-writing poets from diverse backgrounds such as the USA, the UK, Canada, India, and Pakistan.

Ecology and Literatures in English

Mahrmoud Darwich1 Shakespeare, Milton or the Metaphysic poets used Nature in their texts and led people to some sense ... the first one being the question John Felstiner chose as the title of his seminal book, Can Poetry Save the Earth?

Author: Françoise Besson

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781527523395

Category: Nature

Page: 545

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In all latitudes, writers hold out a mirror, leading the reader to awareness by telling real or imaginary stories about people of good will who try to save what can be saved, and about animals showing humans the way to follow. Such tales argue that, in spite of all destructions and tragedies, if we are just aware of, and connected to, the real world around us, to the blade of grass at our feet and the star above our heads, there is hope in a reconciliation with the Earth. This may start with the emergence, or, rather, the return, of a nonverbal language, restoring the connection between human beings and the nonhuman world, through a form of communication beyond verbalization. Through a journey in Anglophone literature, with examples taken from Aboriginal, African, American, English, Canadian and Indian works, this book shows the role played by literature in the protection of the planet. It argues that literature reveals the fundamental idea that everything is connected and that it is only when most people are aware of this connection that the world will change. Exactly as a tree is connected with all the animal life in and around it, texts show that nothing should be separated. From Shakespeare’s theatre to ecopoetics, from travel writing to detective novels, from children’s books to novels, all literary genres show that literature responds to the violence destroying lands, men and nonhuman creatures, whose voices can be heard through texts.


J. Scott Bryson, ed., Ecopoetry: A Critical Introduction (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2002), and The West Side ... Jonathan Bate, The Song of the Earth (Cambridge, Mass. ... Felstiner, Can Poetry Save the Earth? xiii–xiv.

Author: Angela Hume

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 9781609385590

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 314

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Ecopoetics: Essays in the Field makes a formidable intervention into the emerging field of ecopoetics. The volume’s essays model new and provocative methods for reading twentieth and twenty-first century ecological poetry and poetics, drawing on the insights of ecocriticism, contemporary philosophy, gender and sexuality studies, black studies, Native studies, critical race theory, and disability studies, among others. Contributors offer readings of a diverse range of poets, few of whom have previously been read as nature writers—from midcentury Beat poet Michael McClure, Objectivist poet George Oppen, and African American poets Melvin Tolson and Robert Hayden; to contemporary writers such as Diné poet Sherwin Bitsui, hybrid/ collage poets Claudia Rankine and Evelyn Reilly, emerging QPOC poet Xandria Phillips, and members of the Olimpias disability culture artists’ collective. While addressing preconceptions about the categories of nature writing and ecopoetics, contributors explore, challenge, and reimagine concepts that have been central to environmental discourse, from apocalypse and embodiment to toxicity and sustainability. This collection of essays makes the compelling argument that ecopoetics should be read as “coextensive with post-1945 poetry and poetics,” rather than as a subgenre or movement within it. It is essential reading for any student or scholar working on contemporary literature or in the environmental humanities today. Contributors: Joshua Bennett, Rob Halpern, Matt Hooley, Angela Hume, Lynn Keller, Petra Kuppers, Michelle Niemann, Gillian Osborne, Samia Rahimtoola, Joan Retallack, Joshua Schuster, Jonathan Skinner.

Spiritual Ecology

The title of the present chapter on Merwin was inspired by John Felstiner's book title Can Poetry Save the Earth? He traces the development of Western ecopoetry from the Bible through history to contemporary times.

Author: Leslie Elmer Sponsel

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9780313364099

Category: Nature

Page: 284

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A prominent scientist and scholar documents and explains the thoughts, actions, and legacies of spiritual ecology's pioneers from ancient times to the present, demonstrating how the movement may offer the last chance to restore a healthy relationship between humankind and nature. * Clear, concise, and captivating essays on well-known, as well as little-known, pioneers in spiritual ecology * Chapter-long treatment of each individual's contributions, allowing for in-depth coverage * An extensive resource guide, including films and websites * An appendix listing approximately 100 pioneers in spiritual ecology

Green Growth

Much of the very good theoretical work that has been done in the field began not in theory but with poetry. In the provocatively entitled 2009 book Can Poetry Save the Earth, John Felstiner talks about the “urgent hope” that ...

Author: Stéphanie Bory

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443863407

Category: Science

Page: 270

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This book examines the theme of globalisation, the environment and the challenges of technology, and elucidates problems raised by these issues, providing a forum for critical reflection in the two domains of theory and practice, on the one hand, and action and power, on the other. With the continuing globalisation of technology, the debate on certain environmental issues has become pervasive, shaping thought and action in all sectors of the economy and levels of society. From films such as Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth (2006) or Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s Home (2009), to shifts in the political landscape, as seen in the increasing number of seats won by Green Parties in European, regional and local elections or the Copenhagen, Cancùn and Durban Climate Change Conferences summits (2009, 2010, 2011) and the Earth Summits in Stockholm and Rio (1972, 1992, 2012), or even more controversial events like the East-Anglia University scandal and Claude Allègre’s writings, questions of environmental policy have moved to the forefront of every public forum. Green Growth: from Theory to Action, from Practice to Power, following an international conference in Lyon bringing together academics, socio-economic actors and politicians in order to facilitate exchange and reflection on both ecology as a field of study and environmentalism as a movement, offers a pluralistic approach, addressing cultural, social, legal, economic and political issues on a common platform.