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Proofs & theories : essays on poetry

Up to the pre-
sent it may be that this poetry has fairly satisfied
the need of the time,—a time occupied too much
with its processes of material civilisation and
wealth-acquirement to attend very truly to the

Digital Library ⌅ Proofs & Theories: Essays on Poetry

Proofs & Theories is a long-awaited first gathering of essays by one of this country's most brilliant poets. Like her poems, the prose of Ms. Gluck, who won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1993 for The Wild Iris, is compressed, fastidious, fierce, alert, and absolutely unconsoled. The force of her thought is apparent everywhere in her writing and whether she is contemplating - skeptically - the critical currency of ideas like "courage" and "sincerity", T. S. Eliot's reduced reputation as a poet of impersonality, the loyalties of the objectivist George Oppen, or the ferocity in the headlong art of Sylvia Plath, there is something exhilarating about her seriousness, spare, austere, mind-clearing, and adamantly alive. She shares her skepticism with a whole temper of post-modern critical thought. But post-modernism, on the whole, has stood aside from what artists have thought was at stake in their art in order to dissect it. Ms. Gluck is also quite expert - wry sometimes, darkly funny even - at dissection but in these essays one never doubts what is at stake: an art as truthful, adamant, and unflinching as the intelligence that she brings to her own. Proofs & Theories is not a casual collection. It is the testament of a major poet.

Proofs & Theories: Essays on Poetry by Louise Glück

Get this from a library! Proofs & theories : essays on poetry. [Louise Glück]

I marked the countenence, serene, proud, cheer-
ful, florid, grave; the brow seamed with noble wrinkles;
the features, massive and handsome, with firm blue eyes;
the eyebrows and eyelids especially showing that fulness of
arch seldom seen save in the antique busts; the flowing hair
and fleecy beard, both very grey, and tempering with a look
of age the youthful aspect of one who is but forty-five; the
simplicity and purity of his dress, cheap and plain, but
spotless, from snowy falling collar to burnished boot, and
exhaling faint fragrance; the whole form surrounded with
manliness as with a nimbus, and breathing in its perfect
health and vigour, the august charm of the strong."

This depicture of Walt Whitman is valuable as
being a direct portrayal, taken on the spot as it were,
and showing the magnetic effect of his personal
presence, affecting those who came in contact with
him to an extraordinary degree, so that indeed it
may be that they became poets in their turn,
and somewhat idealistic in their accounts.

His voice on death is strong in this poem probably because there has been countless times of people die during the world and he is getting tired of hearing about it.

Online Books ⊛ Proofs & Theories: Essays on Poetry

Proofs and theories essays on poetry

For you a programme of chants.

Chants of the prairies,
Chants of the long-running Mississippi, and down to the

Take my leaves America, take them South and take

I conn'd old times,
I sat studying at the feet of the great masters,
Now if eligible O that the great masters might return

In the name of these States shall I scorn the antique?
Why these are the children of the antique to justify it.

Dead poets, philosophs, priests,
Martyrs, artists, inventors, governments long since,
Language-shapers on other shores,
Nations once powerful, now reduced, withdrawn, or

Here lands female and male,
Here the heir-ship and heiress-ship of the world, here

The soul,
Forever and forever—longer than soil is brown and

I will make the poems of materials, for I think they are

I will make a song for these States that no one State

I will acknowledge contemporary lands,
I will trail the whole geography of the globe and salute

The whole of Whitman's depart-
ure in poetry is concerned with the vexed question
of prose and verse, and the proper functions of the
two modes of expression.

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The Romantic movement involved the personification of nature and imagery which are key elements in this movement and in which Shelley is able to successfully provide throughout this poem.

“Proofs and Theories: Essays on Poetry” appeared in 1994

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