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The End of the End of Poetic Ideology, 1960

Al Filreis

in The Oxford Handbook of Modern and Contemporary American Poetry

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780195398779
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195398779.013.0019

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 The End of the End of Poetic Ideology, 1960

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This article presents a literary history moving downward into a moment in time—the poetic frenzy of the year 1960. It hypothesizes a remarkable concurrence between William S. Burroughs and Marianne Moore on the cultural value of what “Mr. Eisenhower said”: that what the president says is negligible, except in the poem, where counterintuitively it derives enormous poetic possibility and where, they also agree, such “word-waterfall” can be vital to American art—can feed us out of the well-spring of lives as actually lived in the linguistic ambience of our polity. In the writing as a worldly done thing, for both poets, nothing less than freedom is at stake.

Keywords: William S. Burroughs; Marianne Moore; American poetry; modern poetry; freedom

Article.  11405 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (20th Century onwards) ; Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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