The Grave of Western Civ


  1. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison August 5, 2009 at 1:25 pm .

    Thanks for drawing attention to Wordsworth's notion, Bob. I'd never thought of it as a diagnosis of where American poetry stands at the moment—something increasingly written by specialists for specialists. (You know poetry's in trouble when poets refer readers to theorists of language to justify their writing.) But prose has shifted: in fiction and memoir writers seem to be speaking &

  2. Archambeau
    Archambeau August 5, 2009 at 1:27 am .

    Regarding:<br /><br />&quot;conflating &quot;not-poetry&quot; with prose as if Aristotle had never addressed the issue. Aristotle observed that all of the rhetorical elements of poetry in verse—heightened rhythm, rhyme, metaphor, etc.—could also be present in prose, repeatedly implying that prose could be poetry.&quot;<br /><br />It&#39;s interesting: Coleridge and Wordsworth, who knew their

  3. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison August 4, 2009 at 11:53 pm .

    Iain, I just do it for grins. No harm intended! Unlike that vicious Calvin &amp; Hobbes….

  4. Iain
    Iain August 4, 2009 at 9:59 pm .

    Quoted verbatim from my comment concerning comics &quot;vs.&quot; Munro:<br /><br /> &quot;I fully admit that there are important differences. I just think that they are multifaceted, not expressible with either dichotomies or even sliding scales.&quot;<br /><br />it&#39;s funny you complain about living in a &quot;reductive age&quot;, when you&#39;re the one arguing against my rejection of

  5. William Michaelian
    William Michaelian August 4, 2009 at 9:32 pm .

    Joe, the title of this post would be a great name for a college class. I would have flunked it with pleasure.

  6. artpredator
    artpredator August 4, 2009 at 6:01 pm .

    Interesting post! Thanks for the link to my blog post about the Conceptual Poetry conference in Tucson last June!

  7. vazambam
    vazambam August 4, 2009 at 4:19 pm .

    Don&#39;t ask me why, but I think Holms Troelstrup&#39;s name sounds more interesting than her poetry, period.

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