Skeptical Music: Essays on Modern Poetry
University of Chicago Press, 30.03.2001 - 256 Seiten
Skeptical Music collects the essays on poetry that have made David Bromwich one of the most widely admired critics now writing. Both readers familiar with modern poetry and newcomers to poets like Marianne Moore and Hart Crane will relish this collection for its elegance and power of discernment. Each essay stakes a definitive claim for the modernist style and its intent to capture an audience beyond the present moment.
The two general essays that frame Skeptical Music make Bromwich's aesthetic commitments clear. In "An Art without Importance," published here for the first time, Bromwich underscores the trust between author and reader that gives language its subtlety and depth, and makes the written word adequate to the reality that poetry captures. For Bromwich, understanding the work of a poet is like getting to know a person; it is a kind of reading that involves a mutual attraction of temperaments. The controversial final essay, "How Moral Is Taste?," explores the points at which aesthetic and moral considerations uneasily converge. In this timely essay, Bromwich argues that the wish for excitement that poetry draws upon is at once primitive and irreducible.
Skeptical Music most notably offers incomparable readings of individual poets. An essay on the complex relationship between Hart Crane and T. S. Eliot shows how the delicate shifts of tone and shading in their work register both affinity and resistance. A revealing look at W. H. Auden traces the process by which the voice of a generation changed from prophet to domestic ironist. Whether discussing heroism in the poetry of Wallace Stevens, considering self-reflection in the poems of Elizabeth Bishop, or exploring the battle between the self and its images in the work of John Ashbery, Skeptical Music will make readers think again about what poetry is, and even more important, why it still matters.
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SKEPTICAL MUSIC: Essays on Modern PoetryNutzerbericht - Kirkus
A rich smattering of essays on American poets from one of this country's most important critics. Topics in this latest collection by Bromwich (Disowned by Memory, 1998, etc.) range from studied close ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
Skeptical music: essays on modern poetryNutzerbericht - Not Available - Book Verdict
In this scholarly collection of critical essays, Bromwich (English, Yale) shows how the Modernist movement in poetry, with its tendency toward philosophical pragmatism, use of vernacular diction, and ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
1 An Art without Importance
2 Poetic Invention and the SelfUnseeing
3 T S Eliot and Hart Crane
4 Crane in His Letters
5 Stevens and the Idea of the Hero
6 Marianne Moore as Discoverer
Notes on a Friendship
8 Elizabeth Bishops DreamHouses
10 Answer Heavenly Muse Yes or No
11 Georey Hill and the Conscience of Words
12 Ted Hughess River
13 A Poet and Her Burden
The Self against Its Images
15 Hemingways Valor
16 How Moral Is Taste?
9 The Making of the Auden Canon