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 In The Poetry of James Wright the author traces Wright’s formal evolution and concentrates on his consistent themes: the artist’s role in society, the artist’s search for poetic and personal identities, the power of poetry as fortification against the onslaughts of time, and the definition of a good and humane action.

            Charting the poet’s evolution from his first book, The Green Wall, to the last collections, This Journey, Elkins discusses one major book I each chapter, explicating the more important poems in detail and explaining how each volume is part of a progression from youthful imitator to mature innovator. Wright’s individual struggle, taking place as it did in the last half of the 20th century in America, dramatizes the central problems of the creative individual in a late industrial society who is trying to turn a life into are.
            Wright worked in the great tradition of the adamant individualists in our literary heritage, and, like all of his formidable ancestors, he refused to trust the socialized self he found attached to his soul, refused to be diminished or circumscribed by any society’s definition of himself. The effect of reading and studying his complete work is the recognition that Wright is a major 20th century American poet whose apparent simplicity and occasional sentimentality can obscure the complexity and maturity of his courageous confrontation with the problems of living and writhing in contemporary America.

 

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In The Poetry of James Wright the author traces Wright’s formal evolution and concentrates on his consistent themes: the artist’s role in society, the artist’s search for poetic and personal identities, the power of poetry as fortification against the onslaughts of time, and the definition of a good and humane action.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 253-266) and index.

About the Author

 Andrew Elkins is Associate Professor of English at Chadron State College, Chadron, Nebraska.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780817304966
Author:
Elkins, Andrew
Publisher:
University Alabama Press
Location:
Tuscaloosa :
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Wright, James Arlington
Subject:
Criticism and interpretation
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
9260
Publication Date:
19910431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.32x6.32x1.15 in. 1.30 lbs.

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In The Poetry of James Wright the author traces Wright’s formal evolution and concentrates on his consistent themes: the artist’s role in society, the artist’s search for poetic and personal identities, the power of poetry as fortification against the onslaughts of time, and the definition of a good and humane action.

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