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Title The Undiscovered Country : Poetry in the Age of Tin / William Logan.
Imprint New York, NY : Columbia University Press, [2008]
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Description 1 online resource (400 pages)
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Online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed Dec. 12, 2016).
Subject American poetry -- History and criticism.
English poetry -- History and criticism.
Genre Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Contents Frontmatter -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction: Poetry in the Age of Tin -- Prisoner, Fancy-Man, Rowdy, Lawyer, Physician, Priest: Whitman's Brags -- Verse Chronicle: Sins and Sensibility -- Verse Chronicle: Vanity Fair -- "You Must Not Take It So Hard, Madame" -- The Mystery of Marianne Moore -- Verse Chronicle: No Mercy -- Verse Chronicle: The Way of All Flesh -- The Extremity of the Flesh -- Later Auden -- The Triumph of Geoffrey Hill -- Verse Chronicle: Author! Author! -- Verse Chronicle: Folk Tales -- Housman's Ghosts -- Milton in the Modern: The Invention of Personality -- Verse Chronicle: All Over the Map -- Verse Chronicle: Falls the Shadow -- Poetry and the Age: An Introduction -- The World Out-Herods Herod -- Lowell's Bubble: A Postscript -- Verse Chronicle: The Real Language of Men -- Verse Chronicle: Satanic Mills -- Auden's Shakespeare -- Berryman's Shakespeare -- The Sins of the Sonnets -- Permissions -- Books Under Review -- Index of Authors Reviewed.
Summary William Logan has been called both the "preeminent poet-critic of his generation" and the "most hated man in American poetry." For more than a quarter century, in the keen-witted and bare-knuckled reviews that have graced the New York Times Book Review, the Times Literary Supplement (London), and other journals, William Logan has delivered razor-sharp assessments of poets present and past. Logan, whom James Wolcott of Vanity Fair has praised as being "the best poetry critic in America," vividly assays the most memorable and most damning features of a poet's work. While his occasionally harsh judgments have raised some eyebrows and caused their share of controversy (a number of poets have offered to do him bodily harm), his readings offer the fresh and provocative perspectives of a passionate and uncompromising critic, unafraid to separate the tin from the gold. The longer essays in The Undiscovered Country explore a variety of poets who have shaped and shadowed contemporary verse, measuring the critical and textual traditions of Shakespeare's sonnets, Whitman's use of the American vernacular, the mystery of Marianne Moore, and Milton's invention of personality, as well as offering a thorough reconsideration of Robert Lowell and a groundbreaking analysis of Sylvia Plath's relationship to her father. Logan's unsparing "verse chronicles" present a survey of the successes and failures of contemporary verse. Neither a poet's tepid use of language nor lackadaisical ideas nor indulgence in grotesque sentimentality escapes this critic's eye. While railing against the blandness of much o.