Chapter

Introduction

Wyatt Prunty

in “Fallen from the Symboled World”

Published in print April 1990 | ISBN: 9780195057867
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199855124 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195057867.003.0001
Introduction

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This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of the difference between contemporary and modern poetry. It then turns to Robert Lowell, arguing that because of his early success as a young modernist and later success with poetry that diverged from modernist norms, his career is representative of a substantial segment of a younger generation of poets who distanced themselves from the tenets of their modernist elders. It compares the systematic minimalism of Edmund Husserl’s method in his Cartesian Meditations: An Introduction to Phenomenology with the factualism of Lowell’s method, which began with the second version of “The Mills of the Kavanaughs”. The chapter also considers the work of Heidegger.

Keywords: contemporary poetry; modern poetry; Robert Lowell; Edmund Husserl; Heidegger

Chapter.  7440 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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