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Operating from a vast wisdom of recent poetry, Baker proposes an unique interpretation of the lengthy poem in line with the thought of "exteriority". Readers of the 20th-century lengthy poem needs to discard the normal inspiration of a lyric speaker, or Romantic "I", he argues. glossy and postmodern poetry turns outward, towards the event of others, and intentionally de-emphasizes an internal or own lifestyles. His research, expert by way of postmodern literary idea, makes a speciality of either American and French lengthy poems. "Obdurate Brilliance" is the one significant serious examine in English of the poetry of Saint-John Perse, whose works are tested extensive all through all the significant levels of his poetic occupation. additionally Baker offers major new readings of Rene Char, Gertrude Stein, Louis Zukofsky, Michael Palmer, Bernadette Mayer and Clark Coolidge, in addition to a clean dialogue of Leon-Paul Fargue, Valery Larbaud, Ezra Pound, Charles Olson, and John Ashbery. Baker steers headlong right into a variety of serious debates on heritage, subjectivity and politics, and provides one of many few makes an attempt to narrate feminism to comparative or style stories.

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