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Over the last ten years, through essays in The New Republic, The New Yorker, and other magazines, Adam Kirsch'"'one of the most promising young poet-critics in America' (Los Angeles Times)'"has established himself among the most controversial and fearless critics writing today. Sure to cause heated debate, this collection of essays surveys the world of contemporary poetry with boldness and insight, whether Kirsch is scrutinizing the reputation of popular poets such as Billy Collins and Sharon Olds or admiring the achievement of writers as different as Derek Walcott, Czeslaw Milosz, and Frederick Seidel. For readers who want an introduction to the complex world of contemporary American poetry, from major figures like Jorie Graham to the most promising poets of the younger generation, Kirsch offers close readings and bold judgments. For readers who already know that world, The Modern Elementwill offer a surprising and thought-provoking new perspective.

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While writing these 26 essays, each on a poet or group of poets, over the past decade, says New York-based poet and critic Kirsch, he was not contemplating any definition of modernism, but in hindsight, he finds that a concern with the modern element unites them. In short, he finds the virtues of modernism to be daring, honesty, subtle self-knowledge, an intimate concern with history, and a determination to make language serve as the most accurate possible instrument of communication. Its vices include sentimental egotism, an obsession with staying up to date, and a belief that distortion of language is interesting and praiseworthy in itself. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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A collection of bold, insightful, and controversial essays by "a poetry critic of the very first order" ().

Synopsis:

Over the last ten years, through essays in , , and other magazines, Adam Kirsch--"one of the most promising young poet-critics in America" ()--has established himself among the most controversial and fearless critics writing today. Sure to cause heated debate, this collection of essays surveys the world of contemporary poetry with boldness and insight, whether Kirsch is scrutinizing the reputation of popular poets such as Billy Collins and Sharon Olds or admiring the achievement of writers as different as Derek Walcott, Czeslaw Milosz, and Frederick Seidel. For readers who want an introduction to the complex world of contemporary American poetry, from major figures like Jorie Graham to the most promising poets of the younger generation, Kirsch offers close readings and bold judgments. For readers who already know that world, will offer a surprising and thought-provoking new perspective.

About the Author

Adam Kirsch is the author of The Wounded Surgeon: Confession and Transformation in Six American Poets and The Thousand Wells: Poems. Book critic of the New York Sun, he lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393062717
Author:
Kirsch, Adam
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
General
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
American poetry
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
American poetry -- 20th century.
Subject:
American poetry - 21st century
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Publication Date:
20080131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.9 x 1.2 in 1.13 lb

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"Synopsis" by , A collection of bold, insightful, and controversial essays by "a poetry critic of the very first order" ().
"Synopsis" by , Over the last ten years, through essays in , , and other magazines, Adam Kirsch--"one of the most promising young poet-critics in America" ()--has established himself among the most controversial and fearless critics writing today. Sure to cause heated debate, this collection of essays surveys the world of contemporary poetry with boldness and insight, whether Kirsch is scrutinizing the reputation of popular poets such as Billy Collins and Sharon Olds or admiring the achievement of writers as different as Derek Walcott, Czeslaw Milosz, and Frederick Seidel. For readers who want an introduction to the complex world of contemporary American poetry, from major figures like Jorie Graham to the most promising poets of the younger generation, Kirsch offers close readings and bold judgments. For readers who already know that world, will offer a surprising and thought-provoking new perspective.
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