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The Strength of Poetry: Oxford Lectures

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Sharp-eyed critiques and appreciations of the essential poets of our time. James Fenton is unique among contemporary writers in having achieved equal distinction as a poet and — in his reportage and criticism — as a master of trenchant prose. What is more, he has shown himself a devoted critic of both American and British modern poetry, an explainer of each tradition to the other and to itself. In these lectures, delivered at Oxford (where he succeeded Seamus Heaney as Professor of Poetry from 1994 to 1999), Fenton moves easily from Philip Larkin's laments for the British Empire, to Heaney's uneasy rebellion against it, to Robert Frost's celebrations of American conquest; from W. H. Auden on Shakespeare's homoeroticism to the vexed "feminism" of Elizabeth Bishop; from Wilfred Owen's juvenilia to Marianne Moore's youthful agitation for women's suffrage.In these lectures — many of which appeared in The New York Review of Books — Fenton makes sense of the last century in poetry, and explores its antecedents and its legacies, with the lucidity, wit, and gusto that have made his criticism famous.

About the Author

The celebrated British poet and literary critic James Fenton has been a foreign correspondent and a theater critic and has written about the history of gardens.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374228453
Subtitle:
Oxford Lectures
Author:
Fenton, James
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Location:
New York
Subject:
American poetry
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
English poetry
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Edition Description:
American
Series:
Oxford Lectures
Series Volume:
02110
Publication Date:
20020403
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Notes
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.631 in

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