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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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What to Make of an Augmented Thing: Amy Clampit's Syntactic Dramas

What to Make of an Augmented Thing: Amy Clampit's Syntactic Dramas

(p.57) Three What to Make of an Augmented Thing: Amy Clampit's Syntactic Dramas
How Poets See the World

Willard Spiegelman

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses Amy Clampitt's stylistic choices in her poetic constructions and looks at the interplay between the two seemingly antithetical aspects of her poems: their Keatsian lusciousness and Quaker austerity. It also examines Clampitt's syntax in a genre she has made peculiarly her own, the one-sentence poem, of which she has probably written a larger number than any other contemporary poet who adheres to conventional punctuation and sentence formation. Of the 193 poems in The Collected Poems, 37 are one-sentence long.

Keywords:   Amy Clampitt, poetic constructions, syntax, one-sentence poem, The Collected Poems

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