Yeats, Pound, Eliot, and the Science of Modernism
By (author) Daniel Albright
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Quantum Poetics by Daniel Albright
Book DescriptionQuantum Poetics examines the way modernist poets appropriated scientific metaphors as part of a general search for the pre-verbal origins of poetry. Daniel Albright traces Modernism's search for the elementary particles from which poems were constructed. The poetic possibilities offered by developments in scientific discourse intrigued Yeats, Eliot and Pound, writers intent on remapping the general theory of poetry. Using models supplied by physicists, Yeats sought for the basic units of poetic force, both through his sequence A Vision and through his belief in, and defence of, the purity of symbols. Pound's whole critical vocabulary, Albright claims, aims at drawing art and science together in a search for poetic precision, the tiniest textual particles that held poems together. Through a series of patient and original readings, Quantum Poetics demonstrates how modernists created a whole new way of thinking about poetry and science as two different aspects of the same quest.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521573054
(228mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 28-Jan-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Daniel Albright
Putting Modernism Together, Paperback (June 2015)
Going beyond merely explaining how the artists in these genres achieved their peculiar effects, he presents challenging new analyses of telling craft details which help students and scholars come to know more fully this bold age of aesthetic extremism.
Berlioz, Verdi, Wagner, Britten, Paperback (September 2014)
Originally published: London: Continuum, 2012.
Panaesthetics, Hardback (May 2014)View all books by Daniel Albright
While comparative literature is a well-recognized field of study, the notion of comparative arts remains unfamiliar to many. In this book, the author addresses the fundamental question of comparative arts: are there many different arts, or is there one art which takes different forms?
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