Other Traditions

Other Traditions

by John Ashbery

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One of the greatest living poets in English here explores the work of six writers he often finds himself reading "in order to get started" when writing, poets he turns to as "a poetic jump-start for times when the batteries have run down." Among those whom John Ashbery reads at such times are John Clare, Thomas Lovell Beddoes, Raymond Roussel, John Wheelwright, Laura Riding, and David Schubert. Less familiar than some, under Ashbery's scrutiny these poets emerge as the powerful but private and somewhat wild voices whose eccentricity has kept them from the mainstream—and whose vision merits Ashbery's efforts, and our own, to read them well.

Deeply interesting in themselves, Ashbery's reflections on these poets of "another tradition" are equally intriguing for what they tell us about Ashbery's own way of reading, writing, and thinking. With its indirect clues to his work and its generous and infectious appreciation of a remarkable group of poets, this book conveys the passion, delight, curiosity, and insight that underlie the art and craft of poetry for writer and reader alike. Even as it invites us to discover the work of poets in Ashbery's other tradition, it reminds us of Ashbery's essential place in our own.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674006645
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 12/01/2001
Series: Charles Eliot Norton Lectures Series , #50
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

John Ashbery has published more than twenty books of poetry, including Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror and Flow Chart, and is the winner of every major American poetry prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Poetry Society of America’s Robert Frost Medal.

Table of Contents

1. John Glare "Grey Openings Where the Light Looks Through"

2. Olives and Anchovies The Poetry of Thomas Lovell Beddoes

3. The Bachelor Machines of Raymond Roussel

4. "Why Must You Know?" The Poetry of John Wheelwright

5. "The Unthronged Oracle" Laura Riding

6. David Schubert "This Is the Book That No One Knows"



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