Litany, Game, and Representation: Charting an Arc from the Old to the New Poetry

Hoagland, Tony
June 2009
Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature & Fine Arts;Summer/Fall2009, Vol. 21 Issue 2, p226
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
This article discusses the role of words and names in poetry. The author comments on how a poem by poet Rainer Maria Rilke characterizes the relationship between poets and words and notes how litanies by poets Christopher Smart, Jordan Davis and Stanley Plumly reflect varying levels of confidence in the use of words and naming. He comments on changes in poetic techniques and attitudes regarding the use of artifice in poetry.


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