Obdurate Brilliance: Exteriority and the Modern Long Poem
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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