New and classic essays by one of America's most distinguished contemporary poet-critics, The Work of Poetry surveys an extraordinary range of poets, from Dante to May Swenson, and George Meredith to Marianne Moore, as well as works from the Psalms to A Child's Garden of Verses. By turns generous and uncompromising, Hollander champions the enduring force of poetry against the incursion of fashionable writing. This is an elegant, uncompromising affirmation of the extraordinary powers of poetic imagination from a poet whose poems have been hailed by J.D. McClatchy as "ways of thinking on paper."
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.' Very, very good poetry does indeed make temporary poets of its readers, just as the inventiveness of poetry is itself so often a kind of interpretation.'' Hollander's comparisons and contrasts among poets are often beguiling, as in his consideration of Edgar Lee Masters, Robert Louis Stevenson...| Read Full Review of The Work of Poetry
In some two dozen essays, the distinguished poet and Yale English professor Hollander (Tesserae) explores poetry's ""peculiarities, strangeness, ambiguities."" Like that of his friend and Yale colleague Harold Bloom, Hollander's criticism is rigorous, idiosyncratic and often bracingly contrarian,...| Read Full Review of The Work of Poetry
The book's second part, "Poetic Experiences," brings together five essays of a more personal nature dealing with aspects of Hollander's own poetic development, such as his growing acquaintance with the Psalms, reflections on his poetic generation, and his discovery of Wallace Stevens's poetry.| Read Full Review of The Work of Poetry
Professor Hollander in this book attempts to counter this and other stupid clichés as "more truth than poetry" by showing that the work of poetry includes thought and truth and much more, and that it is vital to human life.| Read Full Review of The Work of Poetry