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The Strength of Poetry By James Fenton (Poet and critic formerly Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford.)

Summary

This text examines some of the most intriguing questions behind the making of poetry - issues of creativity and the "earning" of success, of judgement, tutorage, rivalry, and ambition. It goes on to discuss issues within the field through the work of various poets.

The Strength of Poetry Summary

The Strength of Poetry by James Fenton (Poet and critic formerly Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford.)

Why should a poet feel the need to be original? What is the relationship between genius and apprenticeship? James Fenton examines some of the most intriguing questions behind the making of the art - issues of creativity and the 'earning' of success, of judgement, tutorage, rivalry, and ambition. He goes on to consider the juvenilia of Wilfred Owen, the 'scarred' lines of Philip Larkin, the inheritance of imperialism, and issues of 'constituency' in Seamus Heaney. He looks too at Marianne Moore, Elizabeth Bishop, Sylvia Plath, and their contrasting 'feminisms', at D. H. Lawrence, 'welcoming the dark'. The climax of the book is his superb and extensive discussion of Auden.

The Strength of Poetry Reviews

Anyone put off poetry by university courses...would do well to spend an evening or two with James Fenton's collection of essays * Daily Telegraph *
His formidable intelligence, elegance and dry wit make this a rare beast: a collection of poetry criticism that richly rewards rereading. * The Sunday Times *
The mind that guides this pen is warm and insightful, and even occasionally right...not a word is wasted, not a thought ill-expressed * Independent on Sunday *

About James Fenton (Poet and critic formerly Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford.)

James Fenton is one of the country's most acclaimed poets and author of The Memory of War and Children in Exile (1983) and the Whitbread Prize winning Out of Danger (1994). Formerly a critic for New Statesman and The Times, and for many years a far east correspondent for The Independent, Fenton succeeded Seamus Heaney as the Oxford Professor of Poetry in 1994.

Table of Contents

1. A Lesson from Michelangelo ; 2. Wilfred Owen's Juvenilia ; 3. Philip Larkin: Wounded by Unschrapnel ; 4. Goodbye to All That ; 5. The Orpheus of Ulster ; 6. Becoming Marianne Moore ; 7. The Many Arts of Elizabeth Bishop ; 8. Lady Lazarus ; 9. Men, Women, and Beasts ; 10. Auden on Shakespeare's Sonnets ; 11. Blake Auden and James Auden ; 12. Auden in the End

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9780199261390
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The Strength of Poetry by James Fenton (Poet and critic formerly Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford.)
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Paperback
Oxford University Press
2003-02-20
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