Toward the Open Field Poets on the Art of Poetry 1800-1950

ISBN-10: 0819566071

ISBN-13: 9780819566072

Edition: 2004

Authors: Melissa Kwasny

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Toward the Open Field brings together many of the great prose pieces--essays, letters, declarations, defenses, manifestos, and apologia--by the most influential European and American poets from the Romantics to the Symbolists, Surrealists, and Moderns. Hitherto uncollected and all in English, the work in this anthology follows the changing notions of what a poem is, what a poet is, and why we read a poem, tracing the development of stylistic and ideological strategies that have spawned our current, conflicting understandings of verse. The book begins with Wordsworth's 1802 "Preface" to the Lyrical Ballads and proceeds through 150 years of English language tradition, including the European poetries which greatly influenced it. These prose works allow the reader to share one of the great extended conversations by poets about poetry during a dynamic period of literary experimentation. Includes work by Charles Baudelaire, Andre Breton, Aime Cesaire, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Emily Dickinson, T.S. Eliot, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Langston Hughes, John Keats, Federico Garcia Lorca, Mina Loy, Stephane Mallarme, Marianne Moore, Charles Olson, Ezra Pound, Arthur Rimbaud, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Gertrude Stein, Wallace Stevens, Paul Valery, Walt Whitman, William Carlos Williams, William Wordsworth and Louis Zukofsky.
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication date: 6/24/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Form as Proceeding, 1802-1883
"Preface" to the Second Edition of Lyrical Ballads
Chapter 14, Biographia Literaria, and "On Poesy or Art"
Selected Letters
"A Defence of Poetry"
"The Poet"
"Preface" to the First Edition of Leaves of Grass
Letters to Thomas Wentworth Higginson
"Author's Preface" to the First Edition of Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins
Crise de Vers, 1859-1945
The Painter of Modern Life, Parts 1-4
The "Voyant" Letter to Paul Demeny
"Crisis in Poetry"
Manifesto of Surrealism
"Theory and Function of the Duende"
"Poetry and Abstract Thought"
"Poetry and Knowledge"
The Poem as a Field of Action, 1918-1950
"A Retrospect"
"Tradition and the Individual Talent"
"Modern Poetry"
"The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain"
"An Objective"
"Poetry and Grammar"
"The Noble Rider and the Sound of Words"
"Feeling and Precision"
"Author's Introduction" to The Wedge
"Projective Verse"
Selected Bibliography
About the Editor
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