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By Angus FLETCHER

Amid gloomy forecasts of the decline of the arts and the loss of life of poetry, Angus Fletcher, a smart and devoted literary voice, sounds a notice of robust, tempered optimism. He lays out a clean method of American poetry at huge, the 1st in different many years, expounding a safeguard of the artwork that would resonate good into the recent century.

Breaking with the drained behavior of treating American poets because the chuffed or rebellious childrens of ecu romanticism, Fletcher uncovers a unique lineage for American poetry. His element of departure is the interesting English author, John Clare; he then facilities at the substantially American imaginative and prescient expressed via Emerson and Walt Whitman. With Whitman this booklet insists that "the entire thought and nature of poetry" wishes proposal from technological know-how whether it is to accomplish a very democratic vista. Drawing variously on Complexity idea and on basics of paintings and grammar, Fletcher argues that our best poetry is nature-based, environmentally formed, and descriptive in target, allowing poets like John Ashbery and different contemporaries to find a mysterious pragmatism.

Intense, resonant, and deeply literary, this account of an American poetics exhibits how modern day consumerist and conformist tradition subverts the mind's eye of a unfastened humans. whereas centering on American imaginative and prescient, the argument extends our horizon, outstanding a blow opposed to all economically sanctioned assaults upon the finer, enhanced human capacities. Poetry, the writer continues, is significant to any coherent imaginative and prescient of life.

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