Poetic Closure: A Study of How Poems End

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University of Chicago Press, 1968 - Literary Criticism - 289 pages
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In Poetic Closure, distinguished literary scholar Barbara Herrnstein Smith explores the provocative question: How do poems end? To answer it, Smith examines numerous individual poems and examples of common poetic forms in order to reveal the relationship between closure and the overall structure and integrity of a poem. First published in 1968, Smith’s book remains essential reading in poetic theory.

“Ranging from Elizabethan lyric through free and syllabic verse and concrete poetry, Poetic Closure is a learned, witty, and richly illustrated study of the behavior of poems. . . . It can be read, enjoyed, studied by people who like reading poetry, including—I would suspect—poets.”—Richard M. Elman, New York Times Book Review

  

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Review: Poetic Closure: A Study of How Poems End

User Review  - Stacey Donovan - Goodreads

This is a dry, analytical, painstaking book that gave me so many new ideas for structure and endings in my own poetry writing. I recommend it to any poet. Read full review

Review: Poetic Closure: A Study of How Poems End

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"Art inhabits the country between chaos and cliché." Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The Perception of Poetic Structure
8
Closure and Stability
33
Thematic Structure and Closure
96
Associative and Dialectic Structure
139
Special Terminal Features
151
Further Aspects and Problems of Closure
196
Failures of Closure
210
BIBLIOGRAPHY
273
INDEX
279
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About the author (1968)

Barbara Herrnstein Smith is distinguished professor of English at Brown University and the Braxton Craven Professor of Comparative Literature and English at Duke University, where she is also director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Science and Cultural Theory.

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