Affirming Limits: Essays on Mortality, Choice, and Poetic Form

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Univ of Massachusetts Press, 1989 - Literary Criticism - 272 pages
 

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Despite the subtitle, the central thrust of these separately published essays is the interrelationship of sorrow and happiness. Pack (director of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference) argues that the ... Read full review

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Art and Unhappiness
3
Lyric Narration The Chameleon Poet
23
Silences Sighs Caesuras Ellipses Ohs and Ahs
41
PART TWO
65
Macbeth The Anatomy of Loss
67
Wordsworth and the Voice of Silence
84
Wordsworth and Stevens Endurance and Sympathy
102
Keatss Letters Laughter as Autobiography
131
Yeats as Spectator to Death
151
Frosts Enigmatical Reserve The Poet as Teacher and Preacher
174
Stevenss Sufficient Muse
189
PART THREE
207
Separation and Fatal Desire
209
The Tears of Art
236
Index
261
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