American Comic Poetry: History, Techniques and Modern Masters

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McFarland, Oct 29, 2015 - Literary Criticism - 196 pages
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Comic poetry is serious stuff, combining incongruity, satire and psychological effects to provide us a brief victory over reason—which could help us save ourselves, if not the world. This book champions the literary movement of comic poetry in the U.S., providing an historical context and exploring the work of such writers as Denise Duhamel, Campbell McGrath, Billy Collins, Thomas Lux and Tony Hoagland. Their techniques reveal how they make us laugh while addressing important social concerns.
 

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Contents

The Best of All Medicines Michael Hettich
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Preface
5
Introduction
9
1 A Brief History of American Comic Literature
17
2 The Long and Short of It
92
3 Billy Collins and the Intellectual Approach
109
4 Thomas Lux and the Functional Approach
135
5 Tony Hoagland and the Psychological Approach
158
Conclusion
175
Bibliography
179
Index
183
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Jeff Morgan is a professor of English at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, and the author of numerous essays and poems. He lives in Boynton Beach, Florida.

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