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From pop culture to politics to vintage novels, quintessentially American texts take their idea from the assumption of infinity. within the amazing literary century inaugurated by way of Ralph Waldo Emerson, the lyric too appeared to come across chances as unlimited because the U.S. mind's eye. This increases the query: What occurs while boundlessness is greater than only a determine of speech? Exploring new horizons is something, yet truly the horizon itself is anything altogether assorted. during this conscientiously crafted research, James von der Heydt shines a brand new gentle at the lyric craft of Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, and James Merrill and considers how their seascape-vision redefines poetry's purpose.Emerson famously freed U.S. literature from its previous and opened it as much as vastness; within the following century, a succession of fabulous, rigorous poets took the philosophical demanding situations of such freedom all too heavily. dealing with the unmarked horizon, Emersonian poets catch - and are captured via - a stark, astringent model of human attractiveness. Their uncompromising visions of limitlessness reclaim infinity's right legacy - and provides American poetry its area. Von der Heydt's e-book recovers the secret in their international.

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