Tyrants Writing Poetry: The Art of Language and Violence


Tyrants Writing Poetry: The Art of Language and Violence
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Theocritus & the Archaeology of Greek Poetry by Richard Hunter

Theocritus and the Archaeology of Greek Poetry by Richard Hunter
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Overview: This book focuses on the hymns, mimes and erotic poems of the Greek poet Theocritus, and examines how Theocritus uses the traditions of earlier Greek poetry to recreate past forms in a way that exploits the new conditions under which poetry was written in the third century BC. Recent papyri have greatly increased our understanding of how Theocritus read archaic poetry, and these new discoveries are fully drawn on in a set of readings that will change the way we look at Hellenistic poetry.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Dreaming the Actual: Contemporary Fiction and Poetry by Israeli…


Dreaming the Actual: Contemporary Fiction and Poetry by Israeli Women Writers (Suny Series in Modern Jewish Literature & Culture)
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Poetry and the Police by Robert Darnton

Poetry and the Police by Robert Darnton
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Overview: In spring 1749, François Bonis, a medical student in Paris, found himself unexpectedly hauled off to the Bastille for distributing an “abominable poem about the king.” So began the Affair of the Fourteen, a police crackdown on ordinary citizens for unauthorized poetry recitals. Why was the official response to these poems so intense?

In this captivating book, Robert Darnton follows the poems as they passed through several media: copied on scraps of paper, dictated from one person to another, memorized and declaimed to an audience. But the most effective dispersal occurred through music, when poems were sung to familiar tunes. Lyrics often referred to current events or revealed popular attitudes toward the royal court. The songs provided a running commentary on public affairs, and Darnton brilliantly traces how the lyrics fit into song cycles that carried messages through the streets of Paris during a period of rising discontent. He uncovers a complex communication network, illuminating the way information circulated in a semi-literate society.

This lucid and entertaining book reminds us of both the importance of oral exchanges in the history of communication and the power of “viral” networks long before our internet age.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational > Literary Theory

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Pure Love, Pure Poetry, Pure Prayer by Peter J. Gorday+

Pure Love, Pure Poetry, Pure Prayer: The Life and Work of Henri Bremond by Peter J. Gorday, François Tremolieres
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Overview: By the time of his death in 1933 Henri Bremond, priest and member of the elite Académie française, had established himself in France, and increasingly in England and the United States, as a distinguished historian of Christian spirituality and as a Catholic modernist who helped to shake the church out of its dogmatic slumbers by embracing "pure love," artistic-poetic expression, and mystical prayer as the privileged manifestations of spiritual truth. Drawing on substantial new scholarship in France, that has resuscitated and reinterpreted Bremond’s work for our own times, and that sees Bremond as an important precursor of current trends in literary interpretation as well as spirituality, Gorday surveys the entirety of Bremond’s corpus of writing, setting his work in its context of his personal struggles, as well as the wider setting of French historical and cultural development.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs

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Pure Love, Pure Poetry, Pure Prayer by Peter J. Gorday+

Pure Love, Pure Poetry, Pure Prayer: The Life and Work of Henri Bremond by Peter J. Gorday, François Tremolieres
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Overview: By the time of his death in 1933 Henri Bremond, priest and member of the elite Académie française, had established himself in France, and increasingly in England and the United States, as a distinguished historian of Christian spirituality and as a Catholic modernist who helped to shake the church out of its dogmatic slumbers by embracing "pure love," artistic-poetic expression, and mystical prayer as the privileged manifestations of spiritual truth. Drawing on substantial new scholarship in France, that has resuscitated and reinterpreted Bremond’s work for our own times, and that sees Bremond as an important precursor of current trends in literary interpretation as well as spirituality, Gorday surveys the entirety of Bremond’s corpus of writing, setting his work in its context of his personal struggles, as well as the wider setting of French historical and cultural development.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs

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The Underworld in Twentieth-Century Poetry by Michael Thurston

The Underworld in Twentieth-Century Poetry: From Pound and Eliot to Heaney and Walcott by Michael Thurston
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Overview: The hero s descent into the Underworld is not only one of the oldest stories in western literature; it is also one of the most often retold. Why do so many modern poets – British and American, black and white, male and female, from the metropole and from the margins – stage Underworld descents in their works? Through a series of contextualized close readings, this study traces the cultural work performed by modern deployments of the classical narrative. While some poets engage their literary forebears to exorcise anxiety and others use Hell to sharpen their cultural critique, most recent poets, including James Merrill, Derek Walcott, Tony Harrison, and Seamus Heaney, have found the Underworld descent to be a useful framework for addressing the claims of history and politics.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational > Literary Theory

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The Cambridge Introduction to Russian Poetry by Michael Wachtel

The Cambridge Introduction to Russian Poetry (Cambridge Introductions to Literature) by Michael Wachtel
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Overview: Including examples from Russia’s greatest poets, Michael Wachtel draws on three centuries of verse, from the beginnings of secular literature in the eighteenth century to the present day. The first part of his book is devoted to concepts such as versification, poetic language and tradition. In the second part he examines the ode, the elegy, love poetry, nature poetry and patriotic verse.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational > Russian Literary Criticism

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The Everything Writing Poetry Book: A Practical Guide To Style,…


The Everything Writing Poetry Book: A Practical Guide To Style, Structure, Form, And Expression
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Stealing the Language: The Emergence of Women’s Poetry in America


Stealing the Language: The Emergence of Women’s Poetry in America
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The Poetry of Derek Mahon by Hugh Haughton

The Poetry of Derek Mahon by Hugh Haughton
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Overview: Derek Mahon is one of the leading poets of his time, both in Ireland and beyond, famously offering a perspective that is displaced from as much as grounded in his native country. From prodigious beginnings to prolific maturity, he has been, through thick and thin, through troubled times and other, a writer profoundly committed to the art of poetry and the craft of making verse. He has also been no-less a committed reviser of his work, believing the poem to be more than a record in verse, but a work of art never finished.

This virtuoso study by Hugh Haughton provides the most comprehensive account imaginable of Mahon’s oeuvre. Haughton’s brilliant writing always serves and illuminates the poetry, yielding extraordinary insights on almost every page. The poetry, its revisions and reception, are the subject here, but so thorough is the approach that what is offered also amounts indirectly to an intellectual biography of the poet and with it an account of Northern Irish poetry vital to our understanding of the times.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs

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Voices of Poetry – Volume 2 by Ezra Pound +

Voices of Poetry – Volume 2 by Ezra Pound, William Butler Yeats, Robert Graves, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Richard Eberhart, Philip Levine, Marianne Moore, Stephen Spender, Vachel Lindsay
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Overview: Hear rare recordings from some of the world’s most-respected poets reading their own works: Ezra Pound, Old Men With Beautiful Manners; William Butler Yeats, The Lake Isle Of Innisfree; Robert Graves, A Last Poem; Edna St. Vincent Millay, The Harp-Weaver; Richard Eberhart, The Groundhog; Philip Levine, Blasting From Heaven; Marianne Moore, The Mind Is An Enchanting Thing; Stephen Spender, What I Expected; Vachel Lindsay, An Interpolation By Mr. Lindsay. Recording obtained and published by Rick Sheridan.
Genre: Audiobooks > Fiction

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Voices of Poetry – Volume 1 by J.R.R. Tolkien +

Voices of Poetry – Volume 1 by J.R.R. Tolkien, ee cummings, Archibald Macleish, Ted Hughes, May Swenson, Marilyn Hacker, Kenneth Patchen, Edith Sitwell, Theodore Roethke
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Overview: Hear rare recordings from some of the world’s most-respected poets reading their own works: J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hoard; ee cummings, Prose Jottings; Archibald Macleish, The Old Man To The Lizard; Ted Hughes, Six Young Men; May Swenson, Naked In Borneo; Marilyn Hacker, The Dark Twin; Kenneth Patchen, 23rd Street Runs Into Heaven; Edith Sitwell, An Old Woman; Theodore Roethke, The Bat. Recording obtained and published by Rick Sheridan.
Genre: Audiobooks > Fiction

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A Primer for Poets and Readers of Poetry


A Primer for Poets and Readers of Poetry
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