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The Resource Three American poets : Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and Herman Melville, William C. Spengemann

Three American poets : Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and Herman Melville, William C. Spengemann

Label
Three American poets : Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and Herman Melville
Title
Three American poets
Title remainder
Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and Herman Melville
Statement of responsibility
William C. Spengemann
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In this work, the author describes the very different sorts of poetry Whitman, Dickinson, and Melville wrote, their comparable reasons for writing as they did, and the posthumous critical effects of their having done so. By linking these utterly singular poets and their work, verse connected by shared qualities of oddity, complexity, and difficulty, he illuminates the poets' efforts to create verse equal to the demands of a changing nineteenth century. All three responded to a widespread sense of loss, loss, above all, of Christian understandings of the origins, nature, and purpose of human existence, both individual and collective. All three, too, regarded poetry as the sole means of dealing with that loss and of comprehending not only a changing world but the old world from which the new one had departed, and hence the connections between the vanished, discredited past, the baffling present, and the as yet inscrutable future. The author suggests that the poetic eccentricities of Whitman, Melville, and Dickinson arose directly from their use of poetry as a vehicle of thought; each devised a poetic language either to attempt to recover a lost sense of assurance threatened by the collapse of traditional faith or to discover an altogether new ground of knowledge and being. He guides us in parsing their respective poetics with readings closely attuned to diction, syntax, meter, and figure. His descriptions of the poets' verse and their respective characteristic aesthetics afford us heightened access to the poems and the pleasures peculiar to them, in the process making us better readers of poetry in general
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Action
digitized
Cataloging source
E7B
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Spengemann, William C
Dewey number
809.1/9112
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS310.M57
LC item number
S64 2010eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Whitman, Walt
  • Dickinson, Emily
  • Melville, Herman
  • American poetry
  • Modernism (Literature)
  • Dickinson, Emily
  • Melville, Herman
  • Whitman, Walt
  • American poetry
  • Modernism (Literature)
  • America
Label
Three American poets : Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and Herman Melville, William C. Spengemann
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Whitman's Modern song -- Sorting with Emily Dickinson -- Melville the poet
Control code
694144472
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xv, 226 pages)
Form of item
online
Lccn
2010004291
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)694144472
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
Three American poets : Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and Herman Melville, William C. Spengemann
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Whitman's Modern song -- Sorting with Emily Dickinson -- Melville the poet
Control code
694144472
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xv, 226 pages)
Form of item
online
Lccn
2010004291
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)694144472
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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