Obdurate Brilliance: Exteriority and the Modern Long Poem

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University Press of Florida, 1991 - Poetry - 224 pages
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Working from a broad knowledge of modern poetry, Baker proposes an original interpretation of the long poem based on the notion of exteriority. Readers of the 20th-century long poem must discard the traditional idea of a lyric speaker, or Romantic I, he argues. Modern and postmodern poetry turns outward, toward the experience of others, and deliberately de-emphasizes an inner or personal life.
  

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Contents

Against Interiority
1
Larbaud Fargue Perse
12
The Sexuation of Poetic Language in SaintJohn Perses
30
SaintJohn Perses Exil
41
SaintJohn Perses Vents
54
Perse and Char
65
Pounds Cantos and the Myth of Transparency
76
Poetic Subjectivity in Olsons Maximus Poems
94
Stein Zukofsky
108
Humor Irony and Exteriority in Ashberys
135
Coolidge Palmer
150
Language Theory and the Languages of Feminism
162
Notes
179
Bibliography
207
Index
217
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Peter Baker is an American political writer and newspaper reporter who is currently White House correspondent for New York Times and a contributing writer for the The New York Times Magazine. He is responsible for covering President Obama and his administration. Prior to joining The New York Times (NYT) in 2008, Baker was a reporter for 20 years at The Washington Post, where he also covered the White House during the presidencies of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Baker co-authored the original story breaking the Lewinsky scandal during Clinton's presidency and served as the paper¿s lead writer during the subsequent impeachment battle. During Bush¿s second term, Baker covered the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina and the Supreme Court nomination fights. Baker is the author of many NYT bestselling books: The Breach: Inside the Impeachment and Trial of William Jefferson Clinton, Kremlin Rising: Vladimir Putin¿s Russia and the End of Revolution, and Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House. He won the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Coverage of the Presidency for his reporting on Bush. Baker is a regular panelist on PBS¿s Washington Week and a frequent guest on other television and radio programs.

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