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The Essential Gwendolyn Brooks (American Poets Project) by Gwendolyn Brooks, Elizabeth Alexander

By Gwendolyn Brooks, Elizabeth Alexander

"If you sought after a poem," wrote Gwendolyn Brooks, "you in basic terms needed to glance out of a window. there has been fabric consistently, jogging or operating, battling or screaming or singing." From the lifetime of Chicago's South facet she made a forceful and passionate poetry that fused Modernist aesthetics with African-American cultural culture, a poetry that registered the lifetime of the streets and the upheavals of the 20 th century. beginning with A road in Bronzeville (1945), her epoch-making debut quantity, the basic Gwendolyn Brooks strains the entire arc of her occupation in all its bold scope and unforeseen stylistic shifts.

"Her formal range," writes editor Elizabeth Alexander, "is such a lot remarkable, as she experiments with sonnets, ballads, spirituals, blues, complete and off-rhymes. She is little short of a technical virtuoso." That technical virtuosity was once matched through a stressed interest concerning the lifestyles round her in all its explosive sort. by means of turns compassionate, indignant, satiric, and psychologically penetrating, Gwendolyn Brooks's poetry keeps its strength to maneuver and shock.

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"If you sought after a poem," wrote Gwendolyn Brooks, "you merely needed to glance out of a window. there has been fabric continually, strolling or working, struggling with or screaming or making a song. " From the lifetime of Chicago's South facet she made a forceful and passionate poetry that fused Modernist aesthetics with African-American cultural culture, a poetry that registered the lifetime of the streets and the upheavals of the 20 th century.

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By 1812, Coleridge wrote, ‘I passed thro’ Grasmere; but did not call on Wordsworth’ (CL iii: 376). For the rest of their lives, their passionate relationship swung from estrangement to reconciliation, from adoration to disgust. Coleridge’s incisive criticism of The Excursion called forth an exchange between William and himself that ended with a discussion in Biographia Literaria (1817) of the ‘characteristic defects’ and ‘beauties’ of William’s poetry. In 1828, Coleridge, Wordsworth and his daughter Dora travelled together to Belgium.

In The Excursion (1814), the only part of The Recluse published, Wordsworth dramatized the encounter between three figures, the Poet, the Wanderer, and the Solitary. The first two are what Wordsworth thought himself to be now – a poet and a wisdom figure – but the Solitary clearly represents all that he could see that he might have become. Disappointed by the failure of political hope, battered by life’s hurts and losses, the Solitary has retreated to the Lake District. Surrounded by the beauties of Nature, he is neither healed nor strengthened by them and it is the Wanderer’s task to try to alleviate his despondency.

Uk/) presents a wealth of manuscript material, including that of Dorothy Wordsworth. 14. The poem is ‘Dorothy Wordsworth is Dead’, Times Literary Supplement, 5639 (29 April 2011), 14. I am indebted to Nicola Healey for calling attention to this poem in her recent Dorothy Wordsworth and Hartley Coleridge: The Poetics of Relationship (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). 15. Levin, Dorothy Wordsworth and Romanticism, 199. chapter 4 Composition and revision Sally Bushell Wordsworth is the poet of endless return.

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