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- DescriptionThough it has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the Bollingen Prize, the poetry of Robert Penn Warren still is t widely or well understood. In this study, Victor H. Strandberg redresses this imbalance by providing a comprehensive survey of the poetic can of this gifted, complex, and much-neglected poet. Warren writes in the tradition of Western poets concerned with the painful experience of a forced, one-way passage from incence into the world's stew of time and loss. This passage, Strandberg explains, results for Warren in bifurcation of the self into warring segments: a clean idealistic surface ego, and a polluted undiscovered self in the unconscious. Revelation of the dirty part of human personality is tellingly evoked in many of Warren's major works. As the poet's vision expands, however, these conflicting elements are unified in a mystic osmosis of being whereby the world which once provoked ...fear and disgust may w be totally loved. In addition to close analysis both of individual poems and of the poet's overall development, Strandberg reviews critical opinion of Warren's poetry over the last three decades and assesses his place among fellow poets. Both as prophecy and as art, he concludes, Robert Penn Warren's poetry is so significant, versatile, and excellent as to rank him among the finest and most fertile talents of his age.
- Author BiographyVictor H. Strandberg is associate professor of English at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.
- Author(s)Victor H. Strandberg
- PublisherThe University Press of Kentucky
- Date of Publication30/07/2014
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationLexington
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThe University Press of Kentucky
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight525 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine18 mm
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