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The Demon and the Angel: Searching for the Source of Artistic Inspiration

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A work of art, whether a painting, a dance, a poem, or a jazz composition, can be admired in its own right. But how does the artist actually create his or her work? What is the source of an artist's inspiration? What is the force that impels the artist to set down a vision that becomes art?

In this groundbreaking book, poet and critic Edward Hirsch explores the concept of duende, that mysterious, highly potent power of creativity that results in a work of art. It has been said that Laurence Olivier had it, and so did Ernest Hemingway, but Maurice Evans and John O'Hara did not. Marlon Brando had it but squandered it. Billie Holiday and Bessie Smith had it, and so did Miles Davis.

From Federico García Lorca's wrestling with darkness as he discovered the fountain of words within himself to Martha Graham's creation of her most emotional dances, from the canvases of Robert Motherwell to William Blake's celestial visions, Hirsch taps into the artistic imagination and explains, in terms illuminating and emotional, how different artists respond to the power and demonic energy of creative impulse.

A masterful tour of the minds and thoughts

of writers, poets, painters, and musicians, including

Paul Klee

Federico García Lorca

Robert Johnson

Miles Davis

Billie Holiday

Louis Armstrong

T. S. Eliot

Ezra Pound

Wallace Stevens

Charles Baudelaire

Herman Melville

Nathaniel Hawthorne

William Blake

Rainer Maria Rilke

Arthur Rimbaud

Walter Benjamin

Mark Rothko

Robert Motherwell

Anthony Hecht

Benny Goodman

Ella Fitzgerald

William Meredith

Sylvia Plath

Jackson Pollock

Review:

"What is the ineffable force that drives artists, writers, musicians to create? Poet and critic Edward Hirsch (How to Read a Poem) looks for answers in The Demon and the Angel: Searching for the Source of Artistic Inspiration, an erudite exploration of the creative process." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"An elusive subject to be sure, but Hirsch is so steeped in literature, painting, and music, and so voracious in his pursuit of the revelations art delivers, that he's able to articulate the seemingly ineffable through brilliant critical analyses and empathic insights into artists' lives....Hirsch himself is imbued with the soulful spirit he celebrates, and its "dark radiance" shimmers on every inspired page." Donna Seaman, Booklist

Book News Annotation:

In this volume, poet and critic Edward Hirsch explores the concept of duende, a term used by poet Federico Garc<'i>a Lorca to describe the obscure power and penetrating inspiration that fuels artistic expression. He then looks at a range of artistic endeavors including dance, film, poetry, fiction, and painting to examine how duende worked in the lives of such brilliant artists as Sylvia Plath, Lawrence Olivier, Miles Davis, Ernest Hemingway, and Paul Klee.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

A work of art, whether a painting, a dance, a poem, or a jazz composition, can be admired in its own right. But how does the artist actually create his or her work? What is the source of an artist's inspiration? What is the force that impels the artist to set down a vision that becomes art?

In this groundbreaking book, Edward Hirsch explores the concept of duende, that mysterious, highly potent power of creativity that results in a work of art. With examples ranging from Federico García Lorca's wrestling with darkness as he discovered the fountain of words within himself to Martha Graham's creation of her most emotional dances, from the canvases of Robert Motherwell to William Blake's celestial visions, Hirsch taps into the artistic imagination and explains, in terms illuminating and emotional, how different artists respond to the power and demonic energy of creative impulse.

About the Author

Edward Hirsch is the author of five books of poetry, as well as the acclaimed How to Read a Poem. A frequent contributor to leading magazines and periodicals, including the New Yorker, DoubleTake, and American Poetry Review, he has received the Prix de Rome, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature, a MacArthur Fellowship, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He teaches at the University of Houston.

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface-xi

Only Mystery - 1

Invoking the Duende - 3

Poetic Fact - 5

A Mysterious Power - 8

The Hidden Spirit of Disconsolate Spain - 13

An Apprenticeship - 19

Between Eros and Thanatos - 29

The Majesty of the Incomprehensible - 35

A Spectacular Meteor - 39

Swooping In - 45

Ardent Struggle, Endless Vigil - 49

The Black Paintings - 55

The Intermediary - 58

Yeats's Daimon - 65

Ars Poetica? - 72

A Passionate Ingredient - 76

The Yearning Cry of a Shade - 80

I Sing You, Wild Chasm - 85

Night Work - 91

Vegetable Life, Airy Spirit - 96

A Person Must Control His Thoughts in a Dream - 101

The Angelic World - 109

The Story of Jacob's Wrestling with an Angel - 118

Concerning the Angels - 126

The Rilkean Angel - 132

Angel, Still Groping - 141

The New Angel - 147

Three American Angels - 152

Demon or Bird! - 157

Between Two Contending Forces - 162

The Sublime Is Now - 166

In the Painting - 171

Paint It Black - 178

Motherwell's Black - 184

Deaths and Entrances - 191

Ancient Music and Fresh Forms - 196

America Heard in Rhythm - 202

Hey, I'm American, So I Played It - 207

Fending Off the Duende - 213

The Existentialist Flatfoot Floogie - 220

Poet in New York - 222

Where Is the Angel? Where Is the Duende? - 229

Notes - 231

Reading List: The Pleasure of the Text - 279

Acknowledgments - 303

Permissions Acknowledgments - 304

Index - 309

Product Details

ISBN:
9780151005383
Subtitle:
Searching for the Source of Artistic Inspiration
Author:
Hirsch, Edward
Author:
Darhansoff, Liz
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Study & Teaching
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Creation
Subject:
Aesthetics
Subject:
Fine Arts
Subject:
Creative Ability
Subject:
Inspiration
Subject:
Creation (literary, artistic, etc.)
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
[00-2]
Publication Date:
20030401
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
348
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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"Review" by , "What is the ineffable force that drives artists, writers, musicians to create? Poet and critic Edward Hirsch (How to Read a Poem) looks for answers in The Demon and the Angel: Searching for the Source of Artistic Inspiration, an erudite exploration of the creative process."
"Review" by , "An elusive subject to be sure, but Hirsch is so steeped in literature, painting, and music, and so voracious in his pursuit of the revelations art delivers, that he's able to articulate the seemingly ineffable through brilliant critical analyses and empathic insights into artists' lives....Hirsch himself is imbued with the soulful spirit he celebrates, and its "dark radiance" shimmers on every inspired page."
"Synopsis" by ,
A work of art, whether a painting, a dance, a poem, or a jazz composition, can be admired in its own right. But how does the artist actually create his or her work? What is the source of an artist's inspiration? What is the force that impels the artist to set down a vision that becomes art?

In this groundbreaking book, Edward Hirsch explores the concept of duende, that mysterious, highly potent power of creativity that results in a work of art. With examples ranging from Federico García Lorca's wrestling with darkness as he discovered the fountain of words within himself to Martha Graham's creation of her most emotional dances, from the canvases of Robert Motherwell to William Blake's celestial visions, Hirsch taps into the artistic imagination and explains, in terms illuminating and emotional, how different artists respond to the power and demonic energy of creative impulse.

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