How Poems Get Made

In How Poems Get Made, acclaimed poet and critic James Longenbach answers this question by discussing a wide range of exemplary poems, from Shakespeare through Blake, Dickinson, and Moore, to a variety of poets making poems today.

Author: James Longenbach

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393355215

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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A comprehensive guide to writing or reading poetry, by “one of our most lucid and important critics” (American Academy of Arts and Letters). Why does a great lyric poem ask to be reread, even after we know it by heart? In How Poems Get Made, acclaimed poet and critic James Longenbach answers this question by discussing a wide range of exemplary poems, from Shakespeare through Blake, Dickinson, and Moore, to a variety of poets making poems today. In each chapter of How Poems Get Made, Longenbach examines a specific aspect of the poetic medium—including Diction, Syntax, Rhythm, Echo, Figure, and Tone—and shows how a poet may manipulate these most basic elements to bring a poem to life.

The Lyric Now

Looking to the work of thirteen poets, from Marianne Moore and T. S. Eliot through George Oppen and Jorie Graham to Carl Phillips and Sally Keith, and several musicians, including Virgil Thomson and Patti Smith, he shows how immediacy is ...

Author: James Longenbach

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022671599X

Category: Literary Criticism

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For more than a century, American poets have heeded the siren song of Ezra Pound’s make it new, staking a claim for the next poem on the supposed obsolescence of the last. But great poems are forever rehearsing their own present, inviting readers into a nowness that makes itself new each time we read or reread them. They create the present moment as we enter it, their language relying on the long history of lyric poetry while at the same time creating a feeling of unprecedented experience. ​In poet and critic James Longenbach’s title, the word “now” does double duty, evoking both a lyric sense of the present and twentieth-century writers’ assertion of “nowness” as they crafted their poetry in the wake of Modernism. Longenbach examines the fruitfulness of poetic repetition and indecision, of naming and renaming, and of the evolving search for newness in the construction, history, and life of lyrics. Looking to the work of thirteen poets, from Marianne Moore and T. S. Eliot through George Oppen and Jorie Graham to Carl Phillips and Sally Keith, and several musicians, including Virgil Thomson and Patti Smith, he shows how immediacy is constructed through language. Longenbach also considers the life and times of these poets, taking a close look at the syntax and diction of poetry, and offers an original look at the nowness of lyrics.

The Works of Alexander Pope Esq Juvenile poems

Some on the leaves of antient authors prey , Nor time nor moths e'er fpoil'd fo
much as they , Some drily plain , without invention's aid , Write dull receipts how
poems may be made , 115 IIO COMMENTARY . For , as Ignorance , when joined
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Author: Alexander Pope

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The British Controversialist and Literary Magazine

Some drily plain , without invention ' s aid , Write dull receipts how poems ( 29 )
may be made : These leave the sense their learning to display , And those
explain the meaning quite away . " [ Critics ought to study the works of the
ancients , e ...

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Library of English Literature

Nor time por moths e'er spoild so much as I know there are , to whose
presumptuous they : thoughts Some drily plain , without inventions aid , Those
freer beauties , e'en in them , seem Write dull receipts how poems may be made
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The National Review

Lord Jeffrey , a shrewd judge of the world , employed himself in telling it what to
think ; not so much what it ought to think ... Years ago , when criticism only tried to
show how poetry could be made a good amusement , it was not impossible that ...

Author: Richard Holt Hutton

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How Poems Think

Translations are indeed imperfect reproductions in the sense of their being only
approximate to the original—damaged by their transit even though made by hand
, so to speak. But when translations represent not only a poem but also some of ...

Author: Reginald Gibbons

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226278148

Category: Literary Criticism

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To write or read a poem is often to think in distinctively poetic ways—guided by metaphors, sound, rhythms, associative movement, and more. Poetry’s stance toward language creates a particular intelligence of thought and feeling, a compressed articulation that expands inner experience, imagining with words what cannot always be imagined without them. Through translation, poetry has diversified poetic traditions, and some of poetry’s ways of thinking begin in the ancient world and remain potent even now. In How Poems Think, Reginald Gibbons presents a rich gallery of poetic inventiveness and continuity drawn from a wide range of poets—Sappho, Pindar, Shakespeare, Keats, William Carlos Williams, Marina Tsvetaeva, Gwendolyn Brooks, and many others. Gibbons explores poetic temperament, rhyme, metonymy, etymology, and other elements of poetry as modes of thinking and feeling. In celebration and homage, Gibbons attunes us to the possibilities of poetic thinking.

The Grammar of English Grammars

You ask whether you are to retain or to omit the mute e in the words , judgement ,
abridgement , acknowledgement , lodgement , adjudgement , and ... Some drily
plain , without invention's aid , Write dull receipts how poems may be made .

Author: Goold Brown

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ISBN: NLI:1246252-10

Category: English language

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Literary Studies Edward Gibbon 1856 Bishop Butler 1854 Sterne and Thackeray 1864 The Waverley novels 1858 Charles Dickens 1858 Thomas Babbington Macaulay 1856 B ranger 1857 Mr Clough s poems 1862 Henry Crabb Robinson 1869 Wordsworth Tennyson and Browning or Pure ornate and grotesque art in English poetry 1864 Appendix The ignorance of man 1862 On the emotion of conviction 1871 The metaphysical basis of toleration 1874 The Public worship regulation bill 1874

But it will be necessary to assign reasons , and the assigning of reasons is a dry
task . Years ago , when criticism oply tried to show how poetry could be made a
good amusement , it was not impossible that criticism itself should be amusing .

Author: Walter Bagehot

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ISBN: UOM:39015018031289

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How Poems Are Bred Selected Works

There was something in his voice that made events important. Like when we
decided to ride up Jackass Canyon on those sleepy western horses and stopped
to fish from a raft moored in a dark spooky pool. Dad didn't say a word; he made
me ...

Author: Tom Gay

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781462055982

Category: Poetry

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University of California Chronicle

HOW POETRY DEALS WITH HUMBLE LIFE . ... indicated in a series of questions
, which are to be carefully worked out in each case after a thorough study of the
poem as a whole . ... Since the purpose here is merely to exemplify a method , no
attempt has been made to present a complete analysis of that poem , nor indeed
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The North British Review

And often , when these reproductions are made by the greatest poets in their
happiest moments , they seem quite ... in this light we shall be able to see all the
more clearly how poetry is coloured by the age in which it is produced , and takes
its ...

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The Living Age

He leaves them alone ; the poems themselves do not penetrate . he idles on till
he finds the hundred - and - first , When puetry was noisy , criticism ... any
occasion how poetry could be made a good amuse- give it credit for meaning
anything .

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Homer and the Epic

The Pisistratean commission of recension and the text they made are the key -
stone of Wolf ' s theory . It is now almost universally abandoned , and we are lest
wholly at a loss as to how poems , widely known in ancient Greece , and much ...

Author: Andrew Lang

Publisher: London ; New York : Longmans, Green

ISBN: OXFORD:590580637

Category: Calypso (Greek mythology) in literature

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The Nation

There is much to be gained from thinking about how poems are made as well as
about what they say. We might even accept the general truth of what Vendler
concludes about Heaney's poems, namely that the “genetic code” of fonn gives ...

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Fibre Fabric

Is there any method known to you , as What is a truth to one man is not a truth to
another . made a wonderful man out of “ a ... The sin in the rum business rests
That Darwin never , in his life or books , tried How Poems Are Written . with him
who ...

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The Republic of Republics

We are sometimes startled , as well as amused , to see how poetry and oratory
become nonsense and absurdity upon ... Originally , some dependent colonies
made the union and , in turn , the union threw off their old dependence for them ...

Author: Robert W. Greene

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Maurice Blanchot

But for Blanchot this transformation is not a formal process that a logic , rhetoric ,
or poetics might describe or produce . Poetics for Blanchot is not a theory of how
poetry is possible - of how it might get made or how it might be differentiated as a
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Author: Gerald L. Bruns

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9780801870309

Category: Literary Criticism

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As a novelist, essayist, critic, and theorist, Maurice Blanchot has earned tributes from authors as diverse as Jacques Derrida, Giles Deleuze, and Emmanuel Levinas. But their praise has told us little about what Blanchot's work actually says and why it has been so influential. In the first comprehensive study of this important French writer to appear in English, Gerald Bruns ties Blanchot's writings to each other and to the works of his contemporaries, including the poet Paul Celan. Blanchot belongs to the generation of French intellectuals who came of age during the 1930s, survived the Occupation, and flourished during the quarter century or so after World War II. He was one of the first French intellectuals to take a systematic interest in questions of language and meaning. His focus in the mid-1930s on extreme situations�death, madness, imprisonment, exile, revolution, catastrophe�anticipated the later interest of the existentialists. Like Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, and Adorno, Blanchot was a self-conscious writer of fragments, and he has given us one the most developed investigations that we have on the fragment as a kind of writing. In a series of close readings, Bruns addresses the philosophical and political questions that have surrounded Blanchot and his writings for decades. He describes what is creative in Blanchot's readings of Heidegger's controversial works and examines Blanchot's conception of poetry as an inquiry into the limits of philosophy, rationality, and power.

The Editor

... are thoughtfully discussed , in chapters on " The Pattern of a Poem , " " Organic
Rhythm , " " Images and Symbols , " " The Diction of Contemporary Poetry , " "
Certain Conservative Poets , " " Certain Radical Poets , " " How Poems Are Made
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The life of Cicero

It is often worth our while to inquire how poetry has become such as it is , and
how the altered and improved phases of ... citizenship was disputed ; and Cicero
, pleading on his behalf , made one of those shorter speeches which are perfect
in.

Author: Anthony Trollope

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