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On Modern Poetry: From Theory to Total Criticism

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On Modern Poetry: From Theory to Total Criticism

Robert Rowland Smith, "On Modern Poetry: From Theory to Total Criticism"
English | ISBN: 144116572X, 1441174222 | 2012 | EPUB | 256 pages | 440 KB

All too often, the history of poetry criticism in the 20th Century is told as a tale of two sides. While 'Lit crit' pored over the author's every line, 'Theory' stood on the shoulder of texts to gaze into the metaphysical mists.

Drawing on the key insights of both Lit crit and Theory, On Modern Poetry tries to get beyond the opposition between them, proposing instead a 'total criticism' that draws on all resources available.It combines 'analytic irony' with 'imaginative empathy' in order to generate fresh insights.

The themes discussed in the first part of the book include tradition, voice, rhyme, rhetoric, and objects, bringing in critics such as Eliot, Heidegger, Empson, Blackmur, and De Man. The second part examines texts by Tennyson, Symons, Hopkins, Larkin and Prynne.

An original exploration of poetry and its criticism, On Modern Poetry is an essential guide for readers and students at all levels.