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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (4): 485–512.
Published: 01 December 2020
... self-aware handling of the poetic landscape. Copyright © 2020 Hofstra University 2020 confessional poetry individualism poetry puritanism “Ought I to regret my seedtime?” asks Robert Lowell (2003 : 187) in his 1959 poem “Memories of West Street and Lepke.” This particular seedtime is...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2004) 50 (1): 59–87.
Published: 01 March 2004
... Williamson suggests, “confessional poetry—almost from the mo­ ment that unfortunate term was coined—has been the whipping boy of half a dozen newer schools, New Surrealism, New Formalism, Language poetry” (“Stories” 51). Marjorie Perloff defines the exciting “radical poetries” that dominate...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2002) 48 (2): 150–173.
Published: 01 June 2002
... published Water Street (1962) was in part inspired by confessional poetry, especially Lowell’s Life Studies, with its “autobio­ graphical bent and shameless self-concentration.” Simic writes that Lowell deeply influenced Merrill’s autobiographical preoccupations and stylis­ tic directness, but he adds...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2005) 51 (3): 341–372.
Published: 01 September 2005
...Norman Finkelstein HI Late Duncan: From Poetry to Scripture Norman Finkelstein A poem always runs the risk of being meaningless, and would be nothing without this risk —-Jacques Derrida, Writing and Difference 74 Is the root charge of...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (2): 93–124.
Published: 01 June 2007
...Jonathan Greenberg Copyright © Hofstra University 2007 HI Why Can’t Biologists Read Poetry? Ian McEwan s Enduring Love Jonathan Greenberg Since the reinvention of social Darwinism as sociobiology in the 1970s, and particularly since the reinvention of sociobiology as...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (4): 413–448.
Published: 01 December 2018
... intellectual, artistic, and personal development. As Eliot moves from analytic philosophy in his doctoral dissertation through the philosophically invested poetry that culminates in The Waste Land (1922) and, finally, to the autobiographical and participatory idiom of Four Quartets (1943), his work...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (1): 37–58.
Published: 01 March 2020
...,” that there is little “apparatus . . . between his urgent, conflicted, highly assertive nature, and the naked physique of the poetry.” A letter written by Plath (2018 : 777) in June 1962 suggests Douglas as a kind of forerunner to the confessional poetry of the postwar: “Ted did a beautiful program on...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (4): 431–462.
Published: 01 December 2020
... in control of his confessional process of turning autobiography into poetry. During their visit to the grounds of Burnt Norton in late July or early September 1935 (first mentioned on September 10 as one of the “moments” they have enjoyed together), Eliot found himself in a real rose garden...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2006) 52 (4): 367–390.
Published: 01 December 2006
... the Self,” confessional becomes the name of a double anxiety for Strand—an anxiety that his imagination might be limited by what he sees as the dominant mode of his time, and an anxiety that his poetry might be limited by the concrete particulars of his life. W hen Strand insists...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (1): 90–116.
Published: 01 March 2012
... confessional mode. Confessional poetry would seem fundamen- tally to oppose the Emersonian ideal of transparency; its self is particular rather than universal, vulnerable rather than powerful, the victim of biographical accident (such as childhood trauma or mental illness) rather than capable of...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (1): 1–22.
Published: 01 March 2007
... stanzas. By that same token, pain can give rise to beautiful things; out of Lowell’s desperation comes “Skunk Hour,” a poem dedicated to Bishop and, according to Lowell, inspired by her “Armadillo.” Bishop was troubled by the potential grief that Lowell’s confessional poetry could...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2010) 56 (4): 493–529.
Published: 01 December 2010
... appendages and extraneous documents (40). Instead, scholars are beginning to ask not what Burroughs’s extratextual claims are simply about, but rather what his extratextual claims do. By figuring his early work as confessional, Burroughs’s extratextual claims interpellate the unsuspecting reader to...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2010) 56 (3): 428–435.
Published: 01 September 2010
...Keith D. Leonard Race and the Avant-Garde: Experimental and Asian American Poetry Since 1965 , by Yu Timothy , Stanford : Stanford University Press , 2009 . 192 pages. Copyright © Hofstra University 2010 Keith D. Leonard By Any Other Name Race and the Avant-Garde...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2005) 51 (4): 414–436.
Published: 01 December 2005
... impressively on your local Barnes and Noble or Borders poetry shelf, cover facing out—the British coun­ terpart to another hefty 2003 publication by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, the Collected Poems of Robert Lowell.1 On the cover, a cross-legged, semireclined Hughes gazes absently away from...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (3): 399–438.
Published: 01 September 2012
... neither their form nor their primary themes, a tendency that has led many readers to over- emphasize her interest in detail. But, as Bishop’s objection to confessional poetry makes clear, she found the same problem with small-scale as with big-scale work. “Now the idea is that we live in a horrible...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2008) 54 (4): 472–492.
Published: 01 December 2008
...-length poem; junior writer, senior writer—informed a general unwillingness to see Bishop not only as a welcome alternative to dominant poetic trends like gigantism or, later in her career, confessional poetry, but also as ac­ tively responding in her work to the shape and scope of post—World War...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2013) 59 (1): 37–78.
Published: 01 March 2013
... poetry—a vital verse of colonial modernity. The second section considers one of Constab Ballads’ most compelling confessional lyrics, “The Heart of a Constab,” to argue that the poem renders the cultural cross-dressing of McKay’s poetic protagonist and alter-ego, his donning of the colonial...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2014) 60 (2): 243–250.
Published: 01 June 2014
... books from the shelves of the International Information Administration’s overseas libraries. Chinitz sifts carefully through the numerous moments Hughes reflected on compromise in his autobiographies, fiction, and poetry for insight into how the notoriously non-confessional writer felt about...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2002) 48 (2): 117–149.
Published: 01 June 2002
..., Bishop notes that: In general, I deplore the “confessional”—however, when you wrote Life Studies perhaps it was a necessary movement, and it helped make poetry more real, fresh and immediate. But now— ye gods—anything goes, and I am so sick of poems about the students...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2000) 46 (2): 171–192.
Published: 01 June 2000
... having said: “‘A lot of people (up here) have given up on Ginsberg’ (up here—Columbia minds)” {AsEver 150). His, Ginsberg felt, was “a shoddy fate, if accurate,” while Hollander was “an honored scholarly instructor in Illinois” whose poetry was to be published in the Kenyon Review. That...