ISBN-10:
1557287929
ISBN-13:
9781557287922
Pub. Date:
09/28/2005
Publisher:
University of Arkansas Press
Lofty Dogmas: Poets on Poetics / Edition 1

Lofty Dogmas: Poets on Poetics / Edition 1

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From Sappho to Heaney, a stimulating anthology of poets on poetry

Compiled by three noted poets, this is an eclectic, stimulating, and informed selection of poets' remarks on poetry spanning eras, ethnicities, and aesthetics. The 102 selections from nearly as many poets reach back to the Greeks and Romans, then draw on Chaucer, Shakespeare, Sidney, and Milton, on to Shelley, Keats, Coleridge, and Poe, then Hopkins, Yeats, Eliot, Rilke, and Pound, concluding with many of our contemporaries, including Hall, Clifton, Mackey, Kunitz, and Rukeyser.

The book is divided into three sections. "Musing" concerns issues of
inspiration, "Making," issues of craft, from diction to meter to persona and
voice, and "Mapping," the role of poetry and the poet.  Headnotes at the
beginning of each selection provide background information about the poet
and commentary on the significance of the selection. There is also a useful
appendix with a listing of essays arranged according to more specific
topics. As the poets write in their introduction: "This book was intended to
deepen readers' understanding of age-old poetic ideas while at the same time
pointing out new directions for thinking about poetry, juxtaposing the
familiar and the strange, reconfiguring old boundaries, and shaking up
stereotypes."

Deborah Brown is a professor of English at the University of New Hampshire at Manchester and author of News from the Grate. Annie Finch is director of the Stonecoast low-residency MFA program at the University of Southern Maine, and the author of a number of books, including The Body of Poetry, Calendars, Eve, and A Formal Feeling Comes: Poems in Form by Contemporary Women. Maxine Kumin is one of America's most distinguished poets. Among her many awards are a Pulitzer Prize and a Ruth E. Lilly Poetry Prize. She is the author of many poetry collections, including Connecting the Dots, Up Country: Poems of New England, and Jack and Other New Poems. She lives in Warner, New Hampshire.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781557287922
Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
Publication date: 09/28/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 456
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Deborah Brown is a professor of English at the University of New Hampshire at Manchester and author of News from the Grate. Annie Finch is director of the Stonecoast low-residency MFA program at the University of Southern Maine, and the author of a number of books, including The Body of Poetry, Calendars, Eve, and A Formal Feeling Comes: Poems in Form by Contemporary Women. Maxine Kumin is one of America's most distinguished poets. Among her many awards are a Pulitzer Prize and a Ruth E. Lilly Poetry Prize. She is the author of many poetry collections, including Connecting the Dots, Up Country: Poems of New England, and Jack and Other New Poems. She lives in Warner, New Hampshire.

What People are Saying About This

E. Ethelbert Miller

"LOFTY DOGMAS will introduce you to an academy of poets talking about their craft. This is a multipurpose book. It's good for teachers and students."
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Leon Stokesbury

"What a wonderful, valuable, and original book this is! . . . It has my highest recommendation."
author of Autumn Rhythm

Hilda Raz

"Once again the brilliant Maxine Kumin and her co-editors have given us exactly what we need, this time an anthology of important works by poets on their craft. We who teach and write, edit and read will use LOFTY DOGMAS in full knowledge of wisdom in the gathering and delight in the words."
author of Divine Honors and TRANS, editor of Prairie Schooner

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