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Author Kirby-Smith, H. T. (Henry Tompkins), 1938-

Title The origins of free verse / H.T. Kirby-Smith.

Published Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, [1996]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  811.009 KIRBY    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiv, 304 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 281-289) and index.
Contents Ch. 1. Some Preliminary Issues -- Ch. 2. The Problems of Organic Form -- Ch. 3. Can Free Verse Be Classified? -- Ch. 4. The First Cycle -- Ch. 5. "Those Monstrous Compositions" -- Ch. 6. From Romantic Afflatus to Victorian Contraption -- Ch. 7. Bards and Prophets -- Ch. 8. "No Verse Is Really Free" -- Ch. 9. Ideogrammatology -- Ch. 10. The Prose Poem.
Summary The Origins of Free Verse seeks to establish a consensus on the nature of free verse, culled from the comments and theories of, among others, Ezra Pound, Amy Lowell, T. S. Eliot, William Carlos Williams, Yvor Winters, and Hugh Kenner. Good free verse, argues Kirby-Smith, arises as a reaction to a well-established set of conventions, a reaction that achieves its effects by working contrapuntally against or outside the realm of convention. Likewise, The Origins of Free Verse goes against the conventions of existing poetic scholarship, offering an encompassing yet fresh - and certainly controversial - literary history of free verse.
Subject American poetry -- History and criticism.
Free verse -- History and criticism.
English language -- Versification.
English poetry -- History and criticism.
Imagist poetry -- History and criticism.
ISBN 0472106988 (acid-free paper)