Best Worlds, Best Order Essays on Poetry

ISBN-10: 031217229X

ISBN-13: 9780312172299

Edition: Revised 

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Description: In this new edition of "Best Words, Best Order," Stephen Dobyns further explains the mystery of the poet's work. Through essays on memory and metaphor, pacing, and the intricacies of voice and tone, and thoughtful appreciations of Chekhov, Ritsos, Mandelstam, and Rilke, Dobyns guides readers and writers through poetry's mysterious twilight communiques. For this new second edition, Dobyns has added two new essays, one dealing with the idea of "beauty" in poetry and another dealing with the almost mystical way poets connect seemingly disparate elements in a single work.

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 6/15/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.26" long x 0.94" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

Stephen Dobyns's published poetry includes Velocities: New and Selected Poems, 1966-1992 (1994) and Common Carnage (1996). He has also contributed poetry to The New Yorker, Nation, and Poetry. Among his numerous novels and short stories are The Two Deaths of Senora Puccini (1988) and Saratoga Hexameter (1990). Dobyns has had an extensive teaching career. He began as an instructor in English at State University of New York College at Brockport, 1968-69. He was visiting lecturer in creative writing at the University of New Hampshire, 1973-75, the University of Iowa, 1977-78, and Boston University, 1978-79. He was also a member of staff at Goddard College, 1978-80, and has been with Warren Wilson College since 1981. Dobyns also received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1974 and 1981 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1983. Born February 19, 1941, in Orange, N.J., Stephen Dobyns attended Shimer College from1959 to 1960. He received a B.A. in 1964 from Wayne State University, and an M.F.A. in 1967 from the University of Iowa.

Preface
Deceptions
Metaphor and the Authenticating Act of Memory
Writing the Reader's Life
Notes on Free Verse
Pacing: The Ways a Poem Moves
The Function of Tone
The Voices One Listens To
The Traffic between Two Worlds
Rilke's Growth as a Poet
Mandelstam: The Poem as Event
Chekhov's Sense of Writing as Seen through His Letters
Ritsos and the Metaphysical Moment
Cemetery Nights
The Maker's Manipulation of Time
The Passerby in the Birdless Street
The Problem of Beauty and the Requirements of Art
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