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A New Theory for American Poetry: Democracy, the Environment, and the Future of Imagination

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Amid gloomy forecasts of the decline of the humanities and the death of poetry, Angus Fletcher, a wise and dedicated literary voice, sounds a note of powerful, tempered optimism. He lays out a fresh approach to American poetry at large, the first in several decades, expounding a defense of the art that will resonate well into the new century.

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Paperback, 316 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Harvard University Press (first published 2004)
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This book is exhilarating, expansive, and brilliant. I wish more literary critics wrote with such passion and clarity. It's better than the title makes it sound, and will be particularly interesting to those interested in Whitman, Clare, and/or Ashbery, though the theory dilates sufficiently to be fascinating to anyone with an interest in poetics or American poetry. An imaginative and large-spirited work. Highly recommended.
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