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ISBN: 978-0-87417-494-6
Binding: [Hardcover]
Pages: 184
Publication date: 2002
$34.95
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Greening the Lyre
Environmental Poetics and Ethics
Description
This work covers important and neglected ground—environmental language theory. Gilcrest poses two overarching questions: To what extent does contemporary nature poetry represent a recapitulation of familiar poetics? And, to what extent does contemporary nature poetry engage a poetics that stakes out new territory? He addresses these questions with important thinkers, especially Kenneth Burke, and considers such poets as Frost, Kunitz, Heaney, Ammons, Cardenal, and Rich.
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“This volume carves a solid spot in the rapidly expanding field of ecocriticism. . . . In his useful introduction, the author says that two overarching questions motivated this project: To what extent does contemporary nature poetry represent a recapitulation of familiar poetics? And, To what extent does contemporary nature poetry engage a poetics that stakes out new territory? Gilcrest addresses these questions with a smart summary of some important thinkers, especially Kenneth Burke, and consideration of such poets as Frost, Kunitz, Heaney, Ammons, Hogan, Ernesto Cardenal, and Adrienne Rich.” —CHOICE, February 2003

"The greatest service of this book is that it goes beyond merely classifying the poetic approaches of normative ecology. By adamantly privileging one poetic strategy over others, Greening the Lyre is certain to spark a useful and lively debate among scholars.” —Laird Christensen, ISLE, Winter 2003