Archive | March, 2003

Lessons Of The Masters: T. S. Eliot

On the Relation of His Criticism to His Poetry As Reviewed By: Garrick Davis There are two Eliots, the poet and the critic, which bear a curious relation to one another. Only the latter, that poet-critic descended from the line of Johnson, Coleridge, and Arnold shall be addressed here, whose achievements are hardly inferior to […]

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Misunderstanding Ezra Pound

Reviewed: The Roots of Treason by E. Fuller Torrey. McGraw-Hill, 1984. 339 pp. The Genealogy of Demons by Robert Casillo. Northwestern University Press, 1988. 463 pp. The American Ezra Pound by Wendy Stallard Flory. Yale University Press, 1989. 230pp. Even in a supposedly enlightened age, superstitions abound concerning literature: one of the foremost being that […]

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Hart Crane: American Futurist

Futurism, the great European art movement of the early 20th century, found an audience of one in the industrialized new world, and that was Hart Crane. He was not the first American poet to be comfortable in the modern world, nor was he the first to use its imagery in his poems: that would be […]

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On the Golden Age of Poetry Criticism

Click here to read The Sacred Wood by T. S. Eliot free of charge. As Reviewed By: Garrick Davis “I do not believe there has been another age in which so much extraordinarily good criticism of poetry has been written.” –Randall Jarrell I. A Renaissance begins, if it begins at all, in the unlikeliest of […]

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Dana Gioia and the Role of the Poet-Critic

Interviewer’s Note: Born in Los Angeles in 1950, Dana Gioia attended Stanford University and did graduate work at Harvard where he studied with Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Fitzgerald. He left Harvard to attend Stanford Business School. For fifteen years he worked in New York for General Foods (eventually becoming a Vice President) while writing nights […]

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Stephen Burt and the Role of the Poet-Critic

Stephen Burt grew up in Washington, D.C., graduated from Harvard College in 1994, and did graduate work at Oxford and then at Yale. He teaches at Macalester College in St Paul, Minnesota. His first book of literary criticism, Randall Jarrell and His Age, won the Robert Penn Warren-Cleanth Brooks Award for Outstanding Literary Criticism in […]

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