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Democracy, Culture and the Voice of Poetry

Democracy, Culture and the Voice of Poetry( )
Author: Pinsky, Robert
Series title:The University Center for Human Values Ser.
Publication Date:Feb 2005
Publisher:Princeton University Press
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:AUD $55.99
Book Description:

The place of poetry in modern democracy is no place, according to conventional wisdom. The poet, we hear, is a casualty of mass entertainment and prosaic public culture, banished to the artistic sidelines to compose variations on insipid themes for a dwindling audience. Robert Pinsky, however, argues that this gloomy diagnosis is as wrongheaded as it is familiar. Pinsky, whose remarkable career as a poet itself undermines the view, writes that to portray poetry and democracy as...
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Book Details
Detailed Subjects: Literary Criticism / Subjects & Themes / Politics
History / United States / General
Literary Criticism / Poetry
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):12.7 x 18.4 x 0.723 cm
Book Weight:0.114 Kilograms
Author Biography
Pinsky, Robert (Author)
Robert Pinsky was born in Long Branch, New Jersey, and studied at Rutgers and Stanford Universities. He has taught at the University of Chicago, Wellesley College, and the University of California, Berkeley. For several years the poetry editor of The New Republic, he has won the Oscar Blumenthal Prize (1978) and Woodrow Wilson and Fulbright grants. His book of criticism, The Situation of Poetry: Contemporary Poetry and Its Traditions (1976), is referred to often. He has argued for, and written, a poetry of discursiveness, one that can treat abstract thought and social reality as well as subjectivity and deep emotion.


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