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Green Reading

Lynn Keller

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/9780195398779.013.0023

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Green Reading

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This article suggests that the canon of poetic works considered by ecocritics needs to expand so as to include not only more writing based in environments other than “nature” and “wilderness” but also more linguistically experimental, “postmodern” writing. It discusses a few key “nature poets” in order to identify some significant issues in modern American nature poetry involving the relation of humankind and human culture to the green world. It then looks beyond nature poetry to other environmental tropes and beyond conventionally realist writing to other poetics.

Keywords: nature poetry; nature poets; humankind; human culture; environment

Article.  10179 words. 

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

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