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Wesleyan Centennial Edition of the Complete Critical Writing #1: A Test of Poetryby Louis Zukofsky
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A classic comparative study of poetry from Homer to the 20th century, reissued for today's readers.
By juxtaposing several translations of the same passage from Homer; an elegy from Ovid and lines from Herrick that read like an adaptation of Ovid; or a 15th-century poem about a rooster and a contemporary poem about white chickens, Louis Zukofsky has established a means for judging the values of poetic writing.
A wonderful education for the fledgling poet, this handbook, first published in 1948, is the best elucidation of Zukofsky's objectivist premises for recognizing value in specific instances of poetry.
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