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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, the mysterious, highly potent power of creativity that results in a work of art. 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. Hirsch's passionate exploration of the creative process is an inspiration in itself.

"Unique, exhilarating, and virtuosic. . . . [Hirsch] is 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 in every inspired page." --Donna Seaman, Booklist

Edward Hirsch is the author of many books, including five books of poetry. He also writes a weekly poetry column for the Washington Post Book World. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the National Book Critics Circle award, the Prix de Rome, and a MacArthur Fellowship. He is president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and lives in New York City.

Synopsis:

In this groundbreaking book, Hirsch explores the concept of "duende, " that mysterious, highly potent power of creativity that results in a work of art. 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.

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.

Synopsis:

In this groundbreaking book, Hirsch explores the concept of "duende, " that mysterious, highly potent power of creativity that results in a work of art. 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 six books of poems and three books of prose, among them the national bestseller How to Read a Poem: And Fall in Love with Poetry. He has received the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Prix de Rome, and a MacArthur Fellowship, and is president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He lives in New York.

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:
9780156027441
Author:
Hirsch, Edward
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Author:
Hirsch, Edwa
Author:
D. R.
Location:
San Diego, Calif.
Subject:
General
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Study & Teaching
Subject:
Creation
Subject:
Aesthetics
Subject:
Creative Ability
Subject:
General Art
Subject:
General Art
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Subject:
Psychology : General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
2002-35
Publication Date:
20030431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
348
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.82 lb

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"Synopsis" by , In this groundbreaking book, Hirsch explores the concept of "duende, " that mysterious, highly potent power of creativity that results in a work of art. 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.
"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.

"Synopsis" by , In this groundbreaking book, Hirsch explores the concept of "duende, " that mysterious, highly potent power of creativity that results in a work of art. 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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