A Little Book on Form: An Exploration into the Formal Imagination of Poetry

By | June 27, 2019
A Little Book on Form: An Exploration into the Formal Imagination of Poetry Author Robert Hass
ISBN-10 0062332422
ISBN-13 9780062332424
Year 2017-04-04
Pages 464
Language English
Publisher Ecco
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From the former U S Poet Laureate Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner an illuminating dissection of poetic form traditional and modern for students enthusiasts and newcomers alikeIn addition to his magisterial poetry Robert Hass is beloved for his incisive meditative criticism A Little Book on Form takes up the central contradiction between poetry as genre and the poetics of the imagination A wealth of vocabulary exists with which to talk about map and explain poetry in rigorous formal terms But the more intuitive creative aspects of a poets work and processes are more elusive if the most interesting parts of form are those expressive essential gestures inside it how can we come to a better understanding of form as passion as art A Little Book on Form brilliantly synthesizes Hasss formidable gifts as both a poet and a critic In suggestive informal notes Hass breaks the idea of a poem down to its barest building blocks from the one line haiku to the villanelle and sonnet His approach singularly employs postmodern perspectives on shape thought feeling content and movement calling on Catullus and Allen Ginsberg Issa and Czeslaw Milosz Begun as a project for students of poetry A Little Book is anything butHass investigates the ancient roots of the poetic impulse taking a wide ranging look at the most intense experience of human thought and feeling in language A Little Book on Form is a rousing reexamination of our most enduring mode of literature from one of our greatest living poets who writes prose every bit as zestful penetrating and sure footed as his poetry Booklist

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