American Sublime: The Genealogy of a Poetic Genre
University of Wisconsin Press, 1991 - 337 Seiten
Tracing ideas of the sublime in American literature from Puritan writings to the postmodern epoch, Rob Wilson demonstrates that the North American landscape has been the ground for political as well as aesthetic transport. He takes a distinctly historical approach and explores the ways in which experiences of the American landscape instill desire for other kinds of vastness: self-expansion, national expansion, and American political power. As Wallace Stevens put it, the American will takes "dominion everywhere."
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Hence , his own poetry struggled , as James Breslin argues , to move away from
its lifelong fascination with “ an elevated , a grand style — a gnarled sublimity ”
packed with myth and literary allusion . “ Beyond the Alps ” ( which opens Life ...
The " grand style ” appropriate to such material was achieved , as he argues in
Democratic Vistas ( 1871 ) , not through mechanisms of art ( as in Poe ' s
languagepurified sublime ) but through achieving states of elevation in the poet
America demands a poetry that is bold , modern , and all - surrounding and
kosmical , ” Whitman argued , so he took it upon himself to invent a made - in -
America grand style and grand self , immune to beauty or elegance : “ To take ...
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