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Author Rasula, Jed.

Title Modernism and poetic inspiration : the shadow mouth / Jed Rasula
Edition First edition
Published New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 251 pages) : illustrations
Series Modern and contemporary poetry and poetics
Modern and contemporary poetry and poetics.
Contents Introduction: The Shadow Mouth -- The Murmur: Modernist Alchemies of the Word -- Drawing a Blank: Episodes in the Poetics of Unworking -- Poetry's Voice-Over: Techniques of Inspiration -- Gendering the Muse Medusa's Gaze: Deep Image, or Traveling in the Dark -- "When the mind is like a hall": Places of a Possible Poetics
Summary A major provocation to modern poetics is the inspirational bounty of destruction (effacement, negation, undoing) bequeathed by Mallarmé. Modernist poets and artists explored this initiative through strategic explorations in the materiality of the medium, as well as dislocations of sensibility. Informing these maneuvers is the most ancient legacy of the muses, the supposition of a guiding voice, a shadow mouth. This legacy nourishes a fantasy of inspiration as privileged access to the murmur of pre-signifying meaning, a speech without words, a picture without images, or images that are so deep as to defy scrutiny. The sites of inspiration documented in Modernism and Poetic Inspiration range from nineteenth century linguistic theory to postmodern strategies of conceptual writing, encompassing well known instances of modernist poetics (Mallarmé, Pound, Olson) alongside obscure but revealing figures like Otto Nebel and Henri-Martin Barzun
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-239) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.)
Modernism (Literature)
Poetry, Modern -- History and criticism.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Palgrave Connect (Online service)
LC no. 2008051797
ISBN 0230622194 (electronic bk.)
9780230622197 (electronic bk.)