Charles Olson





Charles Olson

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born
in Worcester, Massachusetts, The United States
December 27, 1910

died
January 10, 1970

gender
male

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Charles Olson was a second generation American modernist poet who was a link between earlier figures such as Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams and the New American poets, which includes the New York School, the Black Mountain School, the Beat poets, and the San Francisco Renaissance. Consequently, many postmodern groups, such as the poets of the Language School, include Olson as a primary and precedent figure. He described himself not so much as a poet or writer but as "an archeologist of morning."

Olson's first book was Call Me Ishmael (1947), a study of Herman Melville's novel Moby Dick which was a continuation of his M.A. thesis from Wesleyan University.[5] In Projective Verse (1950), Olson called for a poetic meter based on the brea...more


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The Maximus Poems
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Call Me Ishmael
4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 196 ratings — published 1947 — 6 editions
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Selected Poems
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The Collected Poems
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Collected Prose
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Selected Writings
4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 66 ratings — published 1966 — 2 editions
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Charles Olson & Robert Cree...
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Charles Olson and Ezra Poun...
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Mayan Letters
4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 27 ratings — published 1968 — 3 editions
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The Collected Poems of Char...
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More books by Charles Olson…
“Whatever you have to say, leave
The roots on, let them
Dangle

And the dirt

Just to make clear
Where they come from.”
Charles Olson

“Knowledge is the harvest of attention”
Charles Olson

“A poem is energy transferred from where the poet got it (he will have some several causations), by way of the poem itself to, all the way over to, the reader.”
Charles Olson

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