A Companion to Poetic Genre by Erik Martiny

By Erik Martiny

A better half to Poetic style brings jointly over forty contributions from major lecturers to supply serious overviews of poetic genres and their glossy variations. Covers a wide variety of poetic cultural traditions from Britain, eire, North the USA, Japan and the CaribbeaSummarises many genres from their earliest origins to their most modern renderingsThe purely full-length serious assortment to accommodate sleek variations of poetic genresContributors comprise Bernard O’Donoghue, Stephen Burt, Jahan Ramazani, and plenty of different striking students of poetry and poetics

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Dawson adds rhyme to rhyme; the internal quoted lines rhyme with each other, leaving less than two metrical feet to meet the next rhyme. 18–19]), and multisyllabic and one-syllable words. To account for this variety, the poem proposes metaphor after metaphor for its handling of form: at times athletic, at times musical, at times linguistic (“logogriph,” 23). ” At its most successful such poetry achieves a thrilling movement, daring and excited. In its exuberant commitment to whatever it can rhyme, though, it also risks producing a verse equivalent of what James Woods decries as the contemporary novel’s “hysterical realism,” “characterised by a fear of silence .

If we turn to a handful of modern and contemporary poems, we see that, in accordance with Mikhail Bakhtin’s dialogic model of genre, poetry both incorporates and resists the news. After all, pace Williams, if we tried to get the news of the last century or so from poems, we wouldn’t come up empty handed. In English-language poems, we’d learn a great deal about the world wars, especially the first; the Great Depression; the decolonization of European empires since Ireland’s Easter Rising; changes in gender relations; the rise of new technologies; the wars in Vietnam and Iraq; and so forth.

C. MacGowan. New York: New Directions. 1986. 2 What Was New Formalism? David Caplan Two recent movements in American letters awkwardly share an unattractive name. Emerging in the 1980s, a largely American movement promoted the use of metrical verse technique and rhyme. : Essays on Poetry and Poetic Culture (1992), and Timothy Steele’s Missing Measures: Modern Poetry and the Revolt against Meter (1990). ” The conference brings together many poets associated with new formalism, who serve as faculty, keynote speakers, and panel participants.

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