Imaginative Transcripts: Selected Literary Essays

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Oxford University Press, Dec 29, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 336 pages
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Willard Spiegelman is considered one of the finest critics of poetry writing today and this volume collects his best work on the subject, offering essays that span his entire career and chart his changing relationship to an elusive form. He takes the measure of a wide spectrum of poetry, ranging from the Romantic era to the present, through an examination of those poets whose language, formal experiments, and music have fascinated him throughout his career. With his trademark engaging and stylish prose, Spiegelman takes readers on a tour of the rich and diverse landscape of British and American poetry, as he provides nuanced, insightful readings of works by William Wordsworth, John Keats, Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Bishop, and John Ashbery, to name just a few.
 

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Contents

A Virgilian Memoir 2007
3
Aeneid 1974
25
3 Some Lucretian Elements in Wordsworth 1985
37
4 Keatss Coming Muskrose and Shakespeares Profound Verdure 1983
58
The Development of a Hero 1986
72
W H Auden as Librettist 1982
90
The Poetry of Elizabeth Bishop 1975
105
Ben Belitts Places 1976
121
On the Collected Poems of Donald Justice 2004
175
13 Rita Dove Dancing 2005
190
14 The Nineties Revisited 2001
198
15 Jorie Graham Talking 2006
225
On A R Ammons and John Ashbery 2006
235
Robert Lowell in His Letters 2006
247
18 The Achievement of Robert Lowell 2005
254
Notes
285

On Ben Belitt
133
On Irving Feldman 2001
146
On Louise Glück The Seven Ages and Jorie Graham Never 2003
157

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About the author (2008)

Willard Spiegelman is Duwaine E. Hughes Jr Distinguished Professor of English at Southern Methodist University.

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