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The Resource Last looks, last books : Stevens, Plath, Lowell, Bishop, Merrill, Helen Vendler, (electronic resource)

Last looks, last books : Stevens, Plath, Lowell, Bishop, Merrill, Helen Vendler, (electronic resource)

Label
Last looks, last books : Stevens, Plath, Lowell, Bishop, Merrill
Title
Last looks, last books
Title remainder
Stevens, Plath, Lowell, Bishop, Merrill
Statement of responsibility
Helen Vendler
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In Last Looks, Last Books, the eminent critic Helen Vendler examines the ways in which five great modern American poets, writing their final books, try to find a style that does justice to life and death alike. With traditional religious consolations no longer available to them, these poets must invent new ways to express the crisis of death, as well as the paradoxical coexistence of a declining body and an undiminished consciousness. In The Rock, Wallace Stevens writes simultaneous narratives of winter and spring; in Ariel, Sylvia Plath sustains melodrama in cool formality; and in Day by Day, Robert Lowell subtracts from plenitude. In Geography III, Elizabeth Bishop is both caught and freed, while James Merrill, in A Scattering of Salts, creates a series of self-portraits as he dies, representing himself by such things as a Christmas tree, human tissue on a laboratory slide, and the evening/morning star. The solution for one poet will not serve for another; each must invent a bridge from an old style to a new one. Casting a last look at life as they contemplate death, these modern writers enrich the resources of lyric poetry
Member of
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1933-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Vendler, Helen
Dewey number
811/.5093548
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
  • Bollingen series
  • The A.W. Mellon lectures in the fine arts
Series volume
  • 35:56.
  • 2007
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • American poetry
  • Death in literature
Label
Last looks, last books : Stevens, Plath, Lowell, Bishop, Merrill, Helen Vendler, (electronic resource)
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"National Gallery of Art, Washington."
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Color
multicolored
Contents
Introduction: last looks, last books -- Looking at the worst: Wallace Stevens' The rock -- The contest of melodrama and restraint: Sylvia Plath's Ariel -- Images of subtraction: Robert Lowell's Day by day -- Caught and freed: Elizabeth Bishop and Geography III -- Self-portraits while dying: James Merrill and A scattering of salts
Control code
ocn609873756
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 152 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780691145341
Level of compression
unknown
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)609873756
Label
Last looks, last books : Stevens, Plath, Lowell, Bishop, Merrill, Helen Vendler, (electronic resource)
Publication
Note
"National Gallery of Art, Washington."
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Color
multicolored
Contents
Introduction: last looks, last books -- Looking at the worst: Wallace Stevens' The rock -- The contest of melodrama and restraint: Sylvia Plath's Ariel -- Images of subtraction: Robert Lowell's Day by day -- Caught and freed: Elizabeth Bishop and Geography III -- Self-portraits while dying: James Merrill and A scattering of salts
Control code
ocn609873756
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 152 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780691145341
Level of compression
unknown
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)609873756

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