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Author Vendler, Helen, 1933-

Title Last looks, last books : Stevens, Plath, Lowell, Bishop, Merrill / Helen Vendler.

Imprint Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, 2010.

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 Moore Stacks  PS310.D42 V46 2010    Available  ---
Description x, 152 p. ; 23 cm.
Series The A.W. Mellon lectures in the fine arts ; 2007
Bollingen series ; XXXV, 56
Bollingen series ; 35:56.
A.W. Mellon lectures in the fine arts ; 2007.
Contents Introduction: last looks, last books -- Looking at the worst: Wallace Stevens' The rock -- The contest of melodrama and restraint: Sylvia Plath's Ariel -- Images of subtraction: Robert Lowell's Day by day -- Caught and freed: Elizabeth Bishop and Geography III -- Self-portraits while dying: James Merrill and A scattering of salts.
Summary Vendler "examines the ways in which five great modern American poets, writing their final books, try to find a style that does justice to life and death. With traditional religious consolations no longer available to them, these poets must invent new ways to express the crisis of death, as well as the paradoxical coexistence of a declining body and an undiminished consciousness....The solution for one poet will not serve for another; each must invent a bridge from an old style to a new one. Casting a last look at life as they contemplate death, these modern writers enrich the resources of lyric poetry"--From publisher description.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Summary Vendler "examines the ways in which five great modern American poets, writing their final books, try to find a style that does justice to life and death. With traditional religious consolations no longer available to them, these poets must invent new ways to express the crisis of death, as well as the paradoxical coexistance of a declining body and an undiminshed consciousness....The solution for one poet will not serve for another; each must invent a bridge from an old style to a new one. Casting a last look at life as they contemplate death, these modern writers enrich the resources of lyric poetry"--From publisher description.
Subject American poetry -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Death in literature.
Stevens, Wallace, 1879-1955 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Stevens, Wallace, 1879-1955. Rock.
Plath, Sylvia -- Criticism and interpretation.
Plath, Sylvia. Ariel.
Lowell, Robert, 1917-1977 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Lowell, Robert, 1917-1977. Day by day.
Bishop, Elizabeth, 1911-1979 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Bishop, Elizabeth, 1911-1979. Geography III.
Merrill, James, 1926-1995 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Merrill, James, 1926-1995. Poems. Selections.
Stevens, Wallace
Plath, Sylvia
Lowell, Robert (Schriftsteller, 1917-1977)
Bishop, Elizabeth (Schriftstellerin)
Merrill, James Ingram
Chronological Term Geschichte 1950-2000
Subject Lyrik
USA
ISBN 9780691145341 (cloth : alk. paper)
0691145342 (cloth : alk. paper)