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Radiant Lyre: Essays on Lyric Poetry

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An essential collection of essays by important contemporary poets about the forms and rhetorical strategies of lyric poetry

We are delighted when we recognize patterns and continuities, as we are delighted by a new poem's radical adjustment of, critique of, rejection of, or simple application of those patterns and modes. A poem means something because of previous poems.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 23rd 2007 by Graywolf Press
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Dec 11, 2007 Kristin rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry-criticism
This would be a great book to teach from / with or read for a class, if you don't know much about lyric poetry.

Unfortunately, I was more disappointed than not. I came to this book looking for new readings/interpretations/"definitions" of lyric poetry, but this recycled a lot of common knowledge about lyric poetry in general, including the "typical" lyric poets (Keats, Sappho, Whitman, Dickinson).

I was looking for a bit more contemporary attention, or at least new ideas about the "old" poets, eve
Darin Ciccotelli
Jan 24, 2012 Darin Ciccotelli rated it really liked it
If you're interested in a particular formal or thematic concern in poetry, I feel like this book is a good place to start. David Baker usually gives a nice introduction to the ode, the elegy, the sublime or what have you. Then other poets take up interesting questions within the critical context. Of these poets, Linda Gregerson and Carl Phillips are my favorites in the book, but I like others. Sometimes, the essays feel more like an intellectual performance than a cohesive argument. (I've had th ...more
Alessandra Simmons
Dec 28, 2010 Alessandra Simmons rated it really liked it
Fabulous collection of essays on lyric. If you've been wondering the history, the modes, or means, or just what lyric poetry is, this book is a must read. David Baker and Ann Townsend as well as the other poet-essayists in this collection do a great job to show varying perspectives on ode, elegy, the erotic, pastoral as well as discuss lyric time, sublime, and other lyric modes. Wonderful informative essays!
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