Trovati 3 documenti.
Trovati 3 documenti.
New York : Oxford University Press, 2005.
Abstract: Although readers of prose fiction sometimes find descriptive passages superfluous or boring, description itself is often the most important aspect of a poem. This book examines how a variety of contemporary poets use description in their work. Description has been the great burden of poetry. How do poets see the world? How do they look at it? What do they look for? Is description an end in itself, or a means of expressing desire? Ezra Pound demanded that a poem should represent the external world as objectively and directly as possible, and William Butler Yeats, in his introduction to The Oxford Book of Modern Verse (1936), said that he and his generation were rebelling against, inter alia, "irrelevant descriptions of nature" in the work of their predecessors. The poets in this book, however, who are distinct in many ways from one another, all observe the external world of nature or the reflected world of art, and make relevant poems out of their observations. This study deals with the crisp, elegant work of Charles Tomlinson, the swirling baroque poetry of Amy Clampitt, the metaphysical meditations of Charles Wright from a position in his backyard, the weather reports and landscapes of John Ashbery, and the "new way of looking" that Jorie Graham proposes to explore in her increasingly fragmented poems. All of these poets, plus others (Gary Snyder, Theodore Weiss, Irving Feldman, Richard Howard) who are dealt with more briefly, attend to what Wallace Stevens, in a memorable phrase, calls "the way things look each day." The ordinariness of daily reality is the beginning of the poets' own idiosyncratic, indeed unique, visions and styles.
London ; New York New York, NY : Zed Books ; Distributed exclusively in the USA by St. Martin's Press 1998
Abstract: The contemporary environmental crisis asks fundamental questions about culture. Like other radical critiques, environmentalism cuts across academic boundaries and offers a major challenge to existing cultural and political divisions. This is the first book to draw together the rich variety of environmentalist positions - from ecofeminism to deep ecology - and theorize their contribution to critical theory, literature and popular culture. Part one of the book examines theoretical controversies in environmentalist literary criticism. Contributors explore a wide variety of issues including sexual politics and nature, the link between environmental and cultural degradation, the influence of Heidegger on environmentalism, and the degree of continuity between poststructuralist theory and ecological perspectives. Part two presents a green rereading of literary history, with chapters on the manipulation of natural phenomena as a vehicle of social control, `nature poetry' as political intervention, and fin de siecle exotic fiction as an expression of the colonialist's conception of `jungle country' and Otherness in general. The book concludes by looking at contemporary culture: from poetry to children's books, including an analysis of television nature programmes.
London : Picador , ©2000
Abstract: In the insightful style that characterised the successful The Genius of Shakespeare, Jonathan Bate has written a series of pieces on the link between literature and the environment, such as the importance of nature in literature. This account of literature's relationship with the environment considers how words like "culture" and "environment" have evolved. It offers ideas on how interest in ecology has developed and how literature has influenced our perception of environmental issues.