By Angus FLETCHER
Amid gloomy forecasts of the decline of the arts and the demise of poetry, Angus Fletcher, a sensible and committed literary voice, sounds a word of robust, tempered optimism. He lays out a clean method of American poetry at huge, the 1st in numerous a long time, expounding a safety of the paintings that would resonate good into the recent century.
Breaking with the drained behavior of treating American poets because the satisfied or rebellious childrens of eu romanticism, Fletcher uncovers a different lineage for American poetry. His aspect of departure is the interesting English author, John Clare; he then facilities at the extensively American imaginative and prescient expressed by way of Emerson and Walt Whitman. With Whitman this publication insists that "the complete concept and nature of poetry" wishes suggestion from technological know-how whether it is to accomplish a really 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 indicates how contemporary 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, remarkable a blow opposed to all economically sanctioned assaults upon the finer, enhanced human capacities. Poetry, the writer keeps, is valuable to any coherent imaginative and prescient of life.
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A New Theory for American Poetry: Democracy, the Environment and the Future of Imagination by Angus FLETCHER