Forms of Disjunction

James Longenbach

in The Resistance to Poetry

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780226492490
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226492513 | DOI:
Forms of Disjunction

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Disjunction—the leap from one semantic, discursive, or figurative plane to another—is often associated with modernism; we think of Rimbaud, of Ezra Pound. We often associate an even more aggressive mode of disjunction with postmodernism; we think of Ashbery, of Charles Bernstein. This chapter argues that disjunction has always been a crucial aspect of poetry, and considers how certain modern poets purchased this quality for themselves.

Keywords: poets; poetry; modernism; postmodernism

Chapter.  4106 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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