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The hatred of poetry / Ben Lerner.

Lerner, Ben, 1979- author. (Author).
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Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Branch 808.1 LERNER (Text) 33946003120610 Nonfiction . 2nd Floor Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780865478206
  • ISBN: 0865478201
  • Physical Description: 86 pages ; 19 cm.
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.

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Summary, etc.: "No art has been denounced as often as poetry. It's even bemoaned by poets: "I, too, dislike it," wrote Marianne Moore. "Many more people agree they hate poetry," Ben Lerner writes, "than can agree what poetry is. I, too, dislike it and have largely organized my life around it and do not experience that as a contradiction because poetry and the hatred of poetry are inextricable in ways it is my purpose to explore."In this inventive and lucid essay, Lerner takes the hatred of poetry as the starting point of his defense of the art. He examines poetry's greatest haters (beginning with Plato's famous claim that an ideal city had no place for poets, who would only corrupt and mislead the young) and both its greatest and worst practitioners, providing inspired close readings of Keats, Dickinson, McGonagall, Whitman, and others. Throughout, he attempts to explain the noble failure at the heart of every truly great and truly horrible poem: the impulse to launch the experience of an individual into a timeless communal existence. In The Hatred of Poetry, Lerner has crafted an entertaining, personal, and entirely original examination of a vocation no less essential for being impossible"-- Provided by publisher.
"The novelist and poet Ben Lerner argues that our hatred of poetry is ultimately a sign of its nagging relevance"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Poetry.
Poetry > History and criticism.
Poetics.
Poetry > Public opinion.
Poetry > Appreciation.
LITERARY CRITICISM > Poetry.

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