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Description - Introspection and Contemporary Poetry by Alan Williamson

In this bold defense of so-called confessional poetry, Alan Williamson shows us that much of the best writing of the past twenty-five years is about the sense of being or having a self, a knowable personal identity. The difficulties posed by this subject help explain the fertility of contemporary poetic experiment--from the jaggedness of the later work of Robert Lowell to the montage--like methods of John Ashbery, from the visual surrealism of James Wright and W. S. Merwin to the radical plainness of Frank Bidart. Williamson examines these and other poets from a psychological perspective, giving an especially striking reading of Sylvia Plath.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674462762
ISBN-10: 0674462769
Format: Hardback
(230mm x 150mm x mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 14-Mar-1984
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Alan Williamson

Alan Williamson, Professor of English, University of California, Davis, is a poet whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, New Republic, Partisan Review and other publications; a collection of his poems, Presence was recently published. He is also the author of Pity the Monsters: The Political Vision of Robert Lowell.

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