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Contemporary Olson by David Herd

By David Herd

As poet, critic, theorist and instructor, Charles Olson prolonged the probabilities of recent writing. From name Me Ishmael, his pioneering examine of Herman Melville, to his epic poetic venture The Maximus Poems, Olson probed the relation among language, house and group. Writing within the aftermath of the second one global struggle, he supplied radical assets for the re-imagining of position and politics, assets for collective idea and artistic perform we're nonetheless studying the best way to use.

Re-situating Olson's paintings in relation either to his personal second and to present matters, the essays assembled in modern Olson offer an important re-examination of his position in postwar poetry and tradition. via a sequence of contextualising chapters, discussions of person poems and reflections on Olson's legacy by means of major foreign writers and critics, the ebook provides a poet who nonetheless informs modern poetry.

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