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Robert Lowell's shifting colors

by William Doreski | 30 November 1999
Hardback
Synopsis
In the two decades that have passed since Robert Lowell's death, Robert Lowell's Shifting Colors is the first critical survey of the poet's aesthetic efforts to make personal vision and public exhortation cohere and thus combine poetic genres that have been historically discrete. Rather than consider Lowell primarily as either a religious, political, or autobiographical poet, William Doreski proposes that Lowell's primary poetic impulse was to shape differing voices into a single entity in which public and private concerns cohere. This makes him an essential poet for our era, in which the political almost universally seems to have become the personal. Following the course of Lowell's poetic development, Professor Doreski argues that the ambiguity of Lowell's social and religious beliefs, as far as the poems express them, is functional, and that the formal restraints of poems reveal rather than mask the difficulties he found in formulating public and private values. Rather than attempt to read all of Lowell's work, Doreski points to specific issues that previous critics have neglected or misunderstood. In the spirit of the poet himself, Robert Lowell's Shifting Colors emphasizes the process of Lowell's writing, its immense flexibility, the role of cultural, societal, and personal stress, and the generative impulse that shaped the poems of one of this century's major poetic figures.
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Synopsis
In the two decades that have passed since Robert Lowell's death, Robert Lowell's Shifting Colors is the first critical survey of the poet's aesthetic efforts to make personal vision and public exhortation cohere and thus combine poetic genres that have been historically discrete. Rather than consider Lowell primarily as either a religious, political, or autobiographical poet, William Doreski proposes that Lowell's primary poetic impulse was to shape differing voices into a single entity in which public and private concerns cohere. This makes him an essential poet for our era, in which the political almost universally seems to have become the personal. Following the course of Lowell's poetic development, Professor Doreski argues that the ambiguity of Lowell's social and religious beliefs, as far as the poems express them, is functional, and that the formal restraints of poems reveal rather than mask the difficulties he found in formulating public and private values. Rather than attempt to read all of Lowell's work, Doreski points to specific issues that previous critics have neglected or misunderstood. In the spirit of the poet himself, Robert Lowell's Shifting Colors emphasizes the process of Lowell's writing, its immense flexibility, the role of cultural, societal, and personal stress, and the generative impulse that shaped the poems of one of this century's major poetic figures.
€44.80
134 Reward Points
Currently out of stock
Delivery in 5-7 Days
Eligible for free delivery

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Product Details

ISBN - 9780821412794
Format - Hardback
Publisher -
Published - 30/11/1999
Categories - All, Books, Fiction, Literature, Literary Reference & Essays
No. of Pages - 259
Weight - 635
Edition - 1
Series - - Not Available
Page Size - 24
Language - en-US
Readership Age - Not Available
Table of Contents - Not Available

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