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Author Longenbach, James, author.
Title The virtues of poetry / James Longenbach.
Published Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, [2013]
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 Floor4  PN1042 .L665 2013    IN LIBRARY
Description xi, 169 pages ; 21 cm
Content Type text
Format volume
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 161-164) and index.
Contents The various light -- Best thought -- Less than everything -- Writing badly -- The door ajar -- Infinitude -- A fine excess -- Correct catastrophe -- The visible core -- The opposite of risk -- Poetry thinking -- All changed.
Summary Twelve interconnected essays that describe the ways in which particular virtues are enacted in poetry.
"The Virtues of Poetry is a... work of twelve interconnected essays, each of which describes the way in which a particular excellence is enacted in poetry. James Longenbach closely reads poems by Shakespeare, Donne, Blake, Keats, Dickinson, Yeats, Pound, Bishop, and Ashbery (among others), sometimes exploring the ways in which these writers transmuted the material of their lives into art and always emphasizing that the notions of excellence we derive from art are fluid, never fixed. Provocative, funny, and astute, The Virtues of Poetry is indispensable for readers, teachers, and writers. Longenbach reminds us that poetry delivers meaning in exacting ways, and that it is through its precision that we experience this art's lasting virtues." -- Publisher's description.
Subject Poetry.
Poetry -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc.
Virtues in literature.
ISBN 1555976379
9781555976378 paperback $14.00
OCLC number 794367476