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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women writers ( Bradstreet / Dickinson / Rich ) reject the male hierarchies that
accord more importance to public than to private life , ” Martin claims , “ their
poetry is not a narrative of sublime moments but a chronicle of the quotidian .
This image - plus - feeling formula of poetry worked in Bryant to “ suggest [ s ]
both the sensible object and the association . ” Poetry arranges words as God
arranges wondrous items ( like spaceswimming waterfowls ) in nature , to solicit ...
Bloom ' s reading of “ Song of Myself ” as a crisis - poem of poetic vocation
representing Whitman ' s struggle with " father ” Emerson for phallo - poetic
priority is argued in Poetry and Repression : Revisionism from Blake to Stevens ,
248 – 66 .
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