The Dance of the Intellect: Studies in the Poetry of the Pound Tradition
Must poetic form be, as Yeats demanded, "full, sphere-like, single," or can it accommodate the impurities Yeats and his Modernist generation found so problematic? Sixty years later, these are still open questions, questions Marjorie Perloff addresses in these essays.
Paperback, 243 pages
Published August 12th 1996 by Northwestern University Press
(first published February 6th 1986)
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Perloff is a fine critic who has been a strong advocate for types of poetry that need advocates. Anyone interested in modern poetry should read her. I have learnt much from reading her books, but after awhile her tendency to make statements like this is just irritating.
Note the characteristic, “indeed shouldn’t”.
“When story reappears in postmodern poetry it is no longer the full-fledged mythos of Aristotle..the ‘specific syntactic shape’ Robert Scholes spoke of-but a point of reference, a way...more