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by James Longenbach

ePub The Virtues of Poetry download
Author:
James Longenbach
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978-1555976378
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1555976379
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Graywolf Press (March 5, 2013)
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Virtues of Poetry offers an eminently enjoyable reading experience. Longenbach is a brilliant essayist and exquisite craftsman of prose.

Only 4 left in stock (more on the way). Virtues of Poetry offers an eminently enjoyable reading experience. Longenbach is upping the ante and setting the standard for smart, palatable criticism.

The Virtues of Poetry book. An illuminating look at the many forms of poetry's essential. An illuminating look at the many forms of poetry's essential excellence by James Longenbach, a writer with "an ear as subtle and assured as any American poet now writing" (John Koethe).

of Rochester, James Longenbach writes primarily on modernist and contemporary poetry

A poet as well as an influential literary critic and a professor of English at the University of Rochester, James Longenbach writes primarily on modernist and contemporary poetry. He is the author of the critical works Stone Cottage: Pound, Yeats, and Modernism (1988), Wallace Stevens: The Plain Sense of Things (1991), Modern Poetry After Modernism (1997), The Resistance to Poetry (2004), The Art of the Poetic Line (2008), The Virtues of Poetry (2013), and How Poems Get Made (2018)

Each chapter is organized around one or two concepts - compression, doubt, otherness and so on - that Longenbach uses as a fulcrum to lift some impressively complex argumentative machinery.

An illuminating look at the many forms of poetry's essential excellence by James Longenbach, a writer with "an ear. This book proposes some of the virtues to which the next poem might aspire: boldness, change, compression, dilation, doubt, excess, inevitability, intimacy, otherness, particularity, restraint, shyness, surprise, and worldliness.

An illuminating look at the many forms of poetry's essential excellence by James Longenbach, a writer with "an ear as subtle and assured as any American poet now writing" (John Koethe) "This book proposes some of the virtues to which the next poem might aspire: boldness, change, compression, dilation, doubt, excess, inevitability, intimacy, otherness, particularity, restraint, shyness, surprise, and worldliness.

Longenbach reminds us that poetry delivers meaning in exacting ways, and that it is through its precision that we. .

Longenbach reminds us that poetry delivers meaning in exacting ways, and that it is through its precision that we experience this art's lasting virtues.

The Virtues of Poetry is a resplendent and ultimately moving work of twelve interconnected essays, each of which describes the way in which a particular excellence is enacted in poetry. Longenbach closely reads poems by Shakespeare, Donne, Blake, Keats, Dickinson, Yeats, Pound, Bishop, and Ashbery (among others), sometimes exploring the ways in which these writers transmuted the material of their lives into art, and always emphasizing that the notions of excellence we derive from art are fluid, never fixed

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An illuminating look at the many forms of poetry's essential excellence by James Longenbach, a writer with "an ear as subtle and assured as any American poet now writing" (John Koethe)"This book proposes some of the virtues to which the next poem might aspire: boldness, change, compression, dilation, doubt, excess, inevitability, intimacy, otherness, particularity, restraint, shyness, surprise, and worldliness. The word ‘virtue' came to English from Latin, via Old French, and while it has acquired a moral valence, the word in its earliest uses gestured toward a magical or transcendental power, a power that might be embodied by any particular substance or act. With vices I am not concerned. Unlike the short-term history of taste, which is fueled by reprimand or correction, the history of art moves from achievement to achievement. Contemporary embodiments of poetry's virtues abound, and only our devotion to a long history of excellence allows us to recognize them." –from James Longenbach's preface

The Virtues of Poetry is a resplendent and ultimately moving work of twelve interconnected essays, each of which describes the way in which a particular excellence is enacted in poetry. Longenbach closely reads poems by Shakespeare, Donne, Blake, Keats, Dickinson, Yeats, Pound, Bishop, and Ashbery (among others), sometimes exploring the ways in which these writers transmuted the material of their lives into art, and always emphasizing that the notions of excellence we derive from art are fluid, never fixed. Provocative, funny, and astute, The Virtues of Poetry is indispensable for readers, teachers, and writers. Longenbach reminds us that poetry delivers meaning in exacting ways, and that it is through its precision that we experience this art's lasting virtues.

  • Let me tell you about this wonderful set of interrelated essays on various aspects of poetry. I got up at 5:00 AM to read it over coffee, I read it over lunch, over dinner and in lieu of work and chores. I read it in lieu of TV or internet, I read it to the exclusion of every other avoidable activity I generally undertake except sleep, since I wanted to be wide awake during the process of reading.

    It was full of delight and discovery both about poetry in general, the operation of the poems it covered, and portions of the lives of many of the poets who made them. But mostly, it was an obvious and genuine act of love. Mr. Longenbach loves poetry, poetic process, and moreover these poets. He is unfailingly gracious in every regard, and yet he is careful and stringent in his analysis and expectations. And to top it all off, he himself wrote wonderfully here: clearly, precisely, but above all beautifully. At all times his expression is in keeping with the quality of these poets and their verses.

    This is a keeper of a book; one that you will likely re-read in whole or part many times. In his introduction Mr. Longenbach says, "With vices I am not concerned. ...the history of art moves from achievement to achievement." This set of essays is itself one.

    If you have a sweet tooth for poetry or know someone who does, you simply cannot go wrong investing in this book: seriously, it's better than chocolate!.

  • This is a must-read for anyone interested in writing poetry. James Longenbach writes lucid essays that, while grappling with complex subjects, are interesting and accessible. More than subjective meditations on poetry, these essays give the reader language to describe the experience of poetry, and, thus, a language to understand their own poetic voice and process. Illuminating and immensely enjoyable.

  • I picked this up at Powell's in Portland, OR (a bookstore as big as a city block) ...very happy to have found this gem.
    Beautifully written and organized. Touches on technical aspects such as meter, and broader themes as well.
    Very skillful selection of excerpts used throughout the book. He speaks on the poet, the poem, and the context the poem was written in. I was sold from the intro and the rest did not disappoint.

  • Longenbach has written a brief, very accessible, and well crafted opinion of the charms and virtues of poetry, with excellent references to specific poets and poems. I have read it twice and plan to reread several more times, as each reading reveals more to me.

  • Longenbach reveals both the artistry and the deeper meanings of both familiar and novel poems. Equally valuable for poets, readers and scholars.

  • I'm enjoying Longenbach's insights and feel my poetry IQ expanding as i read, whether i agree or not.

  • Best book on poetry this year. I will definitely be reading other books by Longenbach. Enjoyed this one very much. Thanks!

  • Excellent. Poetics is a well-worn field, but Longenbach delivers fresh insights.

    David Sahner
    Santa Cruz, CA