Why Write Poetry?

Why Write Poetry?

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Poets have long been defending poetry in prose, and essays by Sidney, Shelley, and others are a familiar and important part of the Anglo-American literary tradition. This book identifies and examines a related genre - the verse defense of poetry - which shares the same impulse that has led to the composition of prose essays: namely, the desire to protect poetry from its detractors and to promote its value as a vital human endeavor. In the last century or so, this impulse to engage questions of poetry's value in poems has become increasingly widespread, and it has dominated the careers of at least five poets: H.D., Wallace Stevens, W. H. Auden, Adrienne Rich, and Geoffrey Hill. Though these poets espouse very different aesthetic principles, they, like many of their contemporaries, have repeatedly turned to apology in their verse. At first glance, this seems an odd gesture, given that the readers and writers of poetry are those who least need convincing of poetry's worthiness. But questioning poetry in verse is a form of lyric introspection that is productive and well-suited for a modern poet. characterized as one of indifference, defense helps these authors make a claim for poetry's cultural relevance, as well as for its private profit. Jeannine Johnson is a Preceptor in Expository Writing at Harvard University.Critique of Pure Reason. Translated by ... Keats, John. The Complete Poems. Edited by John Barnard. 3rd ed. New York: Penguin, 1988. Kermode, Frank. Wallace ... Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1988. . The New ... New and Selected Essays. New York: ... Times Literary Supplement, January 17, 1997 . Majoranbsp;...

Title:Why Write Poetry?
Author:Jeannine Johnson
Publisher:Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press - 2007-01-01


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