By Albert Gelpi

ISBN-10: 1316251144

ISBN-13: 9781316251140

Albert Gelpi's American Poetry after Modernism is a examine of fourteen significant American poets of the postwar interval, from Robert Lowell to Adrienne wealthy. Gelpi argues particularly American poetic culture used to be solidified within the later 1/2 the 20th century, hence severing it from British conventions. In Gelpi's view, what distinguishes the yankee poetic culture from the British is that on the center of the yank activity is a first-rate wondering of functionality and medium. the manager paradox in American poetry is the shortcoming of a practice that calls for answering and redefining - redefining what it potential to be a poet and, likewise, how the phrases of a poem create which means, provide perception into truth, and resolution the final word questions of residing. via chapters dedicated to particular poets, Gelpi explores this paradox by means of offering an unique and insightful interpreting of past due twentieth-century American poetry.

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801).  837): Goodbye nothing.  . This winter, I thought I was created to be given away. “Epilogue,” the last poem in the book, justifies his life’s work with: “Yet why not say what happened?  838).  738): To my surprise, John, I pray to not for you, think of you not myself, smile and fall asleep. Most startlingly and powerfully, “Home,” written after another hospital bout, invokes the Virgin Mary for the first time since “Beyond the Alps,” and, as if in negation of that poem’s negation (“But who believed this?

As numerous prayers and commentaries and paintings attest, the belief that Mary’s body was assumed into heaven directly upon her death has a long history; the papal pronouncement was the formal doctrinal acknowledgment of that ancient Catholic tradition and devotion. But doctrinally the Assumption is significant because it carries the Incarnation to its completion in human destiny. The Incarnation means that God became flesh to redeem human beings in their bodily humanity, and the Assumption of Mary, as the archetypal representative and mother of all humanity, symbolizes our redemption and resurrection in the body.

Then the final sections of the poem move through two further and different modulations. Section VI imagines the Sailor on pilgrimage as a penitent to the shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, who was also revered as Our Lady of the Sea. The medieval shrine is near the sea in Norfolk, and the sanctuary was built as a replica of the room in Nazareth where the Annunciation took place and the Incarnation began. The description of the approach, paraphrased from E. I.  17).  .  17). The future tense of “shall come” anticipates ultimate resolution, but not in this conflicted world, and the seventh section turns back to the violence of the sea and the fate of the drowned sailor.

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