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Our Secret Discipline: Yeats and Lyric Form

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Listen to a short interview with Helen VendlerHost: Chris Gondek - Producer: Heron & CraneThe fundamental difference between rhetoric and poetry, according to Yeats, is that rhetoric is the expression of one's quarrels with others while poetry is the expression (and sometimes the resolution) of one's quarrel with oneself. This is where Helen Vendler's "Our Secret Disci ...more
Hardcover, 428 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Belknap Press
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Diann Blakely
This is decidedly not a book in the “____ for Dummies” series. Nor does it function as an introduction to Ireland’s greatest poet of the twentieth century, currently celebrated in a state of the art (complete with digital versions, so that the reader can examine every page of bound manscript books) exhibition at Dublin’s National Library that will come to this country in 2009 if a suitable venue can be found. Vendler, whose status as a close reader is without peer and who has already written ext ...more
David Anthony Sam
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I want to take a class taught by Helen Vendler. It would not be an easy A. Instead, it would challenge and open new doors and windows into some of my favorite poets. Vendler is the poet's great reader, one who spends time and effort rereading and rereading again, studying the structure, asking why the poet went this way instead of that. She is a student of form and its revelatory impact on content.

In this book, Vendler makes an intense study of Yeats, form by form, seeking to understand his cho
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Vasile
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Helpful to understand Yeats poems. Easy to read.
Marie
Sep 22, 2007 is currently reading it
Recommends it for: poets and avid readers of poetry
I'm still in process, but so far this is a highly readable behind-the-scenes look at Yeats's poems through his revision process. This is the book I was hoping Visions & Revisions would be.
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