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Tyrants Writing Poetry

As conventional understanding would have it, the sometimes brutal business of governing can only be carried out at the price of distance from art, while poetic beauty best fl ourishes at a distance from actions executed at the pole of power. Dramatically contradicting this idea is the fact that violent rulers are often the greatest friends of art, and indeed draw attention to themselves as artists. Why do tyrants of all people often ...

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Holderlin, Kleist, and Nietzsche

This is the second volume in a trilogy in which Stefan Zweig builds a composite picture of the European mind through intellectual portraits selected from among its most representative and influential figures. In Hölderlin, Kleist, and Nietzsche, Zweig concentrates on three giants of German literature to portray the artist and thinker as a figure possessed by a powerful inner vision at odds with the materialism and scientific positivi...

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Charles Bukowski - So benissimo quanto ho peccato

C'è qualcosa, nella poesia di Charles Bukowski, che seduce e coinvolge immediatamente il lettore, immergendolo lentamente dentro il mondo che il poeta descrive e da cui non gli permetterà più di uscire. È un grido di dolore soffocato ma ben udibile, sono immagini di povertà ed emarginazione e di possibili riscatti; ma forse, più di tutto, è l'umanità che da questi versi traspare, sempre e comunque: nel suo ritmo in superficie prosast...

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Nineteenth-Century Poetry and Liberal Thought: Forms of Freedom

This book explores the relationship between nineteenth-century poetry and liberal philosophy. It carries out a reassessment of the aesthetic possibilities of liberalism and it considers the variety of ways that poetry by William Wordsworth, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Arthur Hugh Clough, George Meredith, Robert Browning, Matthew Arnold and Algernon Charles Swinburne responds to and participates in urgent philosophical, social and pol...

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Beginning at the End

During the struggle for decolonization, Frantz Fanon argued that artists who mimicked European aestheticism were “beginning at the end,” skipping the inventive phase of youth for a decadence thought more typical of Europe’s declining empires. Robert Stilling takes up Fanon’s assertion to argue that decadence became a key idea in postcolonial thought, describing both the failures of revolutionary nationalism and the assertion of new c...

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Channel Crossings

How is gender embodied in poetic forms? What kinds of habitation can dramatic verse create for the performing voice? Where in verse are the inflections of the voice's self found? Can the line of verse be 'landscaped' to communicate the modalities of natural perception? Where is the poetry of the prose poem, and how should it be translated? How much authority should the lay-out of a free-verse text have for its translator? Referring t...

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Lydia Sigourney: Selected Poetry and Prose

Lydia Huntley Sigourney (1791–1865) was the most widely read and respected pre-Civil War American woman poet in the English-speaking world. In a half-century career, Sigourney produced a wide range of poetry and prose envisaging the United States as a new kind of republic with a unique mission in history, in which women like herself had a central role. This edition contributes to the current recovery of Sigourney and her republican v...

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he Cambridge Introduction to Robert Frost

Robert Frost is one of the most popular American poets and remains widely read. His work is deceptively simple, but reveals its complexities upon close reading. This Introduction provides a comprehensive but intensive look at his remarkable oeuvre.

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Emily Dickinson's Poems: As She Preserved Them

Emily Dickinson’s Poems: As She Preserved Them is a major new edition of Dickinson’s verse intended for the scholar, student, and general reader. It foregrounds the copies of poems that Dickinson retained for herself during her lifetime, in the form she retained them. This is the only edition of Dickinson’s complete poems to distinguish in easy visual form the approximately 1,100 poems she took pains to copy carefully onto folded she...

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John Donne and Baroque Allegory

John Donne has been one of the most controversial poets in the history of English literature, his complexity and intellectualism provoking both praise and censure. In this major re-assessment of Donne's poetry, Hugh Grady argues that his work can be newly appreciated in our own era through Walter Benjamin's theory of baroque allegory. Providing close readings of The Anniversaries, The Songs and Sonnets, and selected other lyrics, thi...