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The Resource Thomas Gray : the progress of a poet, B. Eugene McCarthy

Thomas Gray : the progress of a poet, B. Eugene McCarthy

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Thomas Gray : the progress of a poet
Title
Thomas Gray
Title remainder
the progress of a poet
Statement of responsibility
B. Eugene McCarthy
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "This book examines the whole body of work of the English poet Thomas Gray (1716-71) as a continuous development as poet. While it is not a biography, the study considers Gray's life in its examination of the poet's development. Author B. Eugene McCarthy studies Gray's correspondence, notebooks, and scholarship in order to read in effective context his poems - with attention to prosody - both in draft and in published forms. The study reveals that Gray has a great deal more purposeful design to his sense of himself as poet, scholar, and man than has previously been noticed. Gray manifested an increasingly coherent progress through his poetry, even in the apparently random notations in his commonplace notebooks, toward such culminating points as "The Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard," "The Progress of Poesy," "The Bard," and his Welsh and Norse studies."
  • "The book is divided into five chapters. The first examines Gray's earliest poems and imitations for evidence of his sense of himself as poet, of prosody, diction, sources, or traditions to utilize. By chapter 2, Gray's impulses toward his goal as a poet become more evident, as he is manifestly determined toward a life of poetry. The "Elegy" occupies chapter 3 - his drafts and composition of the poem, and the poem itself, the resolution to his complex of problems as poet and as man. Close study of Gray's notebooks in chapter 4 shows that the Pindaric odes, "The Progress of Poesy" and "The Bard," though ostensibly radically different from the "Elegy," were conceived at the same time as the "Elegy" and thus draw crucial depictions of his movement toward serious revision of English poetic style and his own role as poet in society. Chapter 5 continues Gray's scholarly impulse that led to the study and imitation of Pindar, as he turned to Northern European sources for proof of poetic antiquity equal to the Greek. He found what he wanted in Welsh and Norse lore and wrote several poems imitating their style."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
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1934-
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McCarthy, B. Eugene
Dewey number
821/.6
Index
index present
LC call number
PR3503
LC item number
.M43 1997
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Gray, Thomas
Label
Thomas Gray : the progress of a poet, B. Eugene McCarthy
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-270) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
34875963
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
279 pages
Isbn
9780838637159
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
96025906
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Thomas Gray : the progress of a poet, B. Eugene McCarthy
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-270) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
34875963
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
279 pages
Isbn
9780838637159
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
96025906
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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