Mary Di Michele's Elegies

Carol Bonomo Jennngs and Christine Palamidessi Moore

in American Woman, Italian Style

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780823231751
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241286 | DOI:
Mary Di Michele's Elegies

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In this chapter the author traces the elegiac strain in di Michele's poetry, from its focus on personal loss to its more recent focus on broader political issues. The focus of di Michele's narrative of loss is specific: on family and Italy, the family home and homeland. Gradually the narrative's focus becomes broader until, in Luminous Emergencies, the elegiac form is transformed from the poet's mourning the loss of a specific person or place, to her mourning a loss that is so universal, so enormous in its scope, that the poet's task is to personalize it. Mary di Michele explores various issues of marginality, asking questions about the language and forms she must use as a doubly marginal writer, and questions about her audience.

Keywords: elegies; Mary di Michele; poetry; Luminous Emergencies; loss; marginality

Chapter.  2989 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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