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  • Social And Political Poems
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    The following interview was conducted by Mark Wunderlich in November, 1998 Mark Wunderlich: In an article you published in the Hungry Mind Review about your experience as a judge for the Lenore Marshall Prize, you discussed your hopes for the future of American Poetry. I'm wondering if you could talk a little more about that. Also, and this may be impossible to answer, but I'm curious to know what vision you have for the future of your own work What are your current ambitions Mark Doty: I wrote ...
  • Literature Of Stephen Vincent Benet
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    Stephen Vincent Benet Only in a time when the pressure of the world amounts to angst and the fight for freedom can a world advance in it's literary achievements. A writer, just like an artist, builds his creations from the mood and settings of the surrounding atmosphere. In the first half of the twentieth century, the atmosphere was filled with resources to stimulate literary creativity, such as the second World War and the Great Depression (Roache 102: 14). The social genre of the time gave way...
  • Kumin's Poetry
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    Emory Elliott, et. al. "There is no more, no less, peace of mind in the disciplined life of the barnyard than there is in the routine of the office", writes Maxine Kumin in In Deep: Country Essays (1987) after many years of raising horses on her New Hampshire farm. Typical of Kumin's temperate manner, this statement reflects the unsentimental relationship to nature and the sober acceptance of human limitations that characterize her poetry. Family relationships, husbandry, and the inner life of w...
  • Few Of The Half
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    For some reason my mind slips to the many late nights I have spent in Sienna, a coffee shop that is located next to the ocean in Santa Barbara. From dawn to dusk it thrived with its daily dosage of tourists and business people, who would order cappuccinos and then proceed up State Street to view our beautiful town. At night fall, however, the entire scene transformed. From out of the dying natural shadows materialized a mysterious brand of people, a bitter contradiction to the clean-cut clientel...
  • Several Interpretations Of Robinson's Poetry
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    Robert Ste vick said of Robinson's poetry that it deserves the attention it does not contrive to attract (Joyner 1). This statement concerning Robinson's poetry explains the very nature of that which the poet desired and dreaded. He desired to sell his poetry and for it to attract readers, but he desired even more so, that those reader's understand what they were reading. His frustrations in life were placed in his poetry. Indeed, his poetry is described as being fairly autobiographical. His exi...
  • James Dickey
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    James Dickey James Dickey launched his career as a poet surprisingly late in life. His first collection, Into the Stone and Other Poems, was published when he was thirty-seven years old. Dickeys experience in the military, academic, and advertising worlds before his emergence as a writer provided subjects and training for his art. Born on February 2, 1923 in Buckhead, Georgia, an Atlanta suburb, to lawyer Eugene Dickey and his wife Mai belle Swift Dickey, James graduated from North Fulton High S...
  • Letters Of Emily Dickinson
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    Lesbian Poetry Since the beginning of time writers have expressed their deepest thoughts and desires through poetry. In poetry, writers have found that they can express a thought, a memory, a person, a landscape, etc. More often authors write about love, both physical and mental. Found in this genre of love is intimate imagery, suggestive language, and exotic fanti cies. Most published love poems express love relationships between men and women but what most anthologies and collections leave out...
  • Ferlinghetti's Poetry
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    Lawrence Ferlinghetti is an American poet best known as a leader of the beat movement of the 1950's. The beats were writers who condemned commercialism and middle-class American values. Ferlinghetti writes in colloquial free verse. His poetry describes the need to release literature and life from conformity and timidity. He believes drugs, Zen Buddhism, and emotional and physical love can open the soul to truth and beauty. Lawrence Ferlinghetti was born in Yonkers, New York, in 1919. After spend...
  • Brooks's Poetry
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    Although she was born on 7 June 1917 in Topeka, Kansas -- the first child of David and Keziah Brooks -- Gwendolyn Brooks is 'a Chicagoan. ' The family moved to Chicago shortly after her birth, and despite her extensive travels and periods in some of the major universities of the country, she has remained associated with the city's South Side. What her strong family unit lacked in material wealth was made bearable by the wealth of human capital that resulted from warm interpersonal relationships....
  • Influence Of People Like Creeley And Olson
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    David Ossman What [did you learn from]... the Black Mountain people, and [William Carlos] Williams From Williams, mostly how to write in my own language-how to write the way I speak rather than the way I think a poem ought to be written-to write just the way it comes to me, in my own speech, utilizing the rhythms of speech rather than any kind of metrical concept. To talk verse. Spoken verse. From Pound, the same concepts that went into the Imagist's poetry-the idea of the image and what an imag...
  • Critical Essays On Louise Bogan
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    Wendy Hirsch Bogan was born Louise Marie Bogan in Livermore Falls, Maine, the daughter of Daniel Joseph Bogan, a superintendent in a paper mill, and Mary Helen Murphy Shields. She grew up in various mill towns in the Northeast, moving often with her parents and brother. Her parents' marriage was volatile, and her mother's affairs haunted Bogan for much of her life. Although Bogan attended Boston University for only one year in 1915-1916, her early education at Boston Girls' Latin School gave her...
  • Poet's Methods Of Writing Poetry
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    The Poetry Defense (A modern form of Sydney's Defense of Poetry) [ The Lesson of Antiques ] My mother and I were in pursuit of a charming antique lamp suitable for my living quarters, when we came across the notorious Victoria N. Artifactus. She not only enlightened us on her passion for collecting antiques, but afforded us a piece of her mind's love by showing us the possessions that she held to be most precious. It was true; her possessions were those of a queen. She spoke freely and told my m...
  • Levertov's Themes In Her Poetry
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    "I often feel as if part of me is an outsider", said Denise Levertov speaking to the public after reciting a few poems in 1967. For a women that always felt as if she was an outsider, her poetry did not give off that image. Levertov, a modern American poet, used her poetry to speak her mind and get her feelings out. She also wished that some people would feel the same way and act upon it. In poetry, a theme is a common subject or matter on which a poet tends to write about, this could be anythin...
  • Poet To Keats
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    John Keats was an extraordinary poet, achieving more than most even though he died at 26. He, in his techniques and style, has oft been compared to Shakespeare. John Keats had many opinions about the role of poetry and the role of the poet, and often wrote specifically on the two to his friends and colleagues, providing us with invaluable lessons in life and art. Keats has many theories on what poetry is and what it should do. He believed's that the excellence of every Art is its intensity, capa...
  • Henry Bukowski
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    He's the Dirty Old Man, the wicked, vulgar poet from East Hollywood. He's Buk. He writes line after line about racetracks and bars and rooming-houses and whores, about fools and academics and the sewing-circle poets who write him breathless letters about their sex-lives and their Art. He cuts us all down to actual size, reminds us of our odors and excretions-and yet, so much in me doesn't want to call him a negative man. So much in me wants to talk about the tragedy and beauty that he has someho...
  • Language Poetry And Oulipo
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    "69 Hidebound Opinions" By C.D. Wright Essay", 69 Hidebound Opinions" By C.D. Wright 69 Hidebound Opinions, Propositions, and Several Asides from a Manila Folder Concerning the Stuff of Poetry Every year the poem I most want to write, the poem that would in effect allow me to stop writing, changes shapes, changes direction. The poem never sleeps unless I do, for if I were to come upon it sleeping, I would net it. And that would be that, my splendid catch. 1 In my book poetry is a necessity of li...
  • Rumi And Mirabai's Poetry In Different Ways
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    Rumi and Mirabai's poetry, in different ways, has the ability to convey a deep longing for something sacred in their time. Mirabai sometimes refers to herself in the third person that deepens her desperation of being heard by the dark one. In overall poetic structure, Mirabai's work is seldom more than one page whereas Rumi's poems tend to be several pages in length and the different sections broken down into smaller poems. After hearing the Songs of Mirabai in class, the persistent longing for ...

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