Guide to American poetry explication.
Boston : G. K. Hall, 1989.
2 v.
0816189196 (v. 1) 0816189188 (v. 2)
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Boston : G. K. Hall, 1989.
0816189196 (v. 1) 0816189188 (v. 2)
contents note
v. 1. Colonial and ninteenth-century / James Ruppert -- v. 2. Modern and contemporary / John R. Leo.
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Includes bibliographical references.
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These are the first two volumes of a planned expansion of J.M. Kuntz and N.C. Martinez's Poetry Explication; A Checklist of Interpretation Since 1925 of British and American Poems Past and Present (3rd ed., CH, May'81), a standard and valuable finding aid for explications of individual poems. Three volumes on British poetry will follow these exclusively North American volumes; coverage now includes critical works published from 1925 to 1987. This new edition is more comprehensive, now including explications found in critical works on individual authors and for poems of more than 500 lines. The arrangement within volumes remains that of earlier editions. Poets are listed alphabetically by last name, and under author headings poems are listed alphabetically by title. Lists of main sources consulted, including books, periodicals, and interviews with poets, conclude each volume. Volume 1 states that the criterion for selecting explications, founded on principles of New Criticism, remains the same as for the first edition (1950), "an examination of a work of literature for a knowledge of each part, for the relations of these parts to each other, and for their relations to the whole." Both volumes, however, contain citations to critical studies ranging far beyond the limited perspective of New Criticism and including deconstructionist, feminist, Marxist, and phenomenological critical perspectives. Both volumes also reflect a concern for a more inclusive literary canon and cover, in Volume 2, contemporary Canadian, Gay and Lesbian, African-American, and Native American poets and poetry. These two well-printed volumes are a valuable expanded revision of a standard work and are highly recommended for reference shelves in both large and small academic libraries. -E. J. Carpenter, Oberlin College
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