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How Poets See the WorldThe Art of Description in Contemporary Poetry$
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Willard Spiegelman

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195332926

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195332926.001.0001

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“The Way Things Look Each Day” Poetry, Description, Nature

“The Way Things Look Each Day” Poetry, Description, Nature

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(p.3) One “The Way Things Look Each Day” Poetry, Description, Nature
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How Poets See the World
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Willard Spiegelman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195332926.003.0001

This book considers description as the very essence of poetry. It answers the following questions: How does description contain or convey meaning? How does one take the measure of the external world? How neutral or objective a form can such an effort take? This book also examines the methods of observation by various poets such as Jorie Graham, John Ashberry, Irving Feldman, Amy Clampitt, Charles Wright, and Charles Tomlinson and the ways each of them approaches and uses description in itself. It focuses on how these poets look carefully at the world, either natural or artistic, and how they construct rhetorical schemes that invite readers to see the world through their eyes.

Keywords:   poetry, description, meaning, observation, Jorie Graham, John Ashberry, Irving Feldman, Amy Clampitt, Charles Wright, Charles Tomlinson

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