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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

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(p.57) Three What to Make of an Augmented Thing: Amy Clampit's Syntactic Dramas
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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/9780195332926.003.0003

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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