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Author Kersnowski, Frank L., 1934- author

Title The early poetry of Robert Graves : the goddess beckons / Frank L. Kersnowski
Edition First edition
Published Austin : University of Texas Press, 2002
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 174 pages) : illustrations
Series Literary modernism series
Literary modernism series.
Contents The lunatic, the love, and the poet -- The lunatic: war -- The lover in the nursery -- The poet
Summary Like many men of his generation, poet Robert Graves was indelibly marked by his experience of trench warfare in World War I. The horrific battles in which he fought and his guilt over surviving when so many perished left Graves shell-shocked and disoriented, desperately seeking a way to bridge the rupture between his conventional upbringing and the uncertainties of post-war British society. In this study of Graves's early poetry, Frank Kersnowski explores how his war neurosis opened a door into the unconscious for Graves and led him to reject the essential components of the Western idea of reality-reason and predictability. In particular, Kersnowski traces the emergence in Graves's early poems of a figure he later called "The White Goddess," a being at once terrifying and glorious, who sustains life and inspires poetry. Drawing on interviews with Graves's family, as well as unpublished correspondence and drafts of poems, Kersnowski argues that Graves actually experienced the White Goddess as a real being and that his life as a poet was driven by the purpose of celebrating and explaining this deity and her matriarchy
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 165-169) and index
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
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Subject Graves, Robert, 1895-1985 -- Childhood and youth.
Graves, Robert, 1895-1985.
Authors, English -- 20th century -- Biography.
Modernism (Literature) -- Great Britain.
Soldiers -- Great Britain -- Biography.
War neuroses -- Patients -- Biography.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Veterans -- Biography.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2001053192
ISBN 0292796390 (electronic bk.)
9780292796393 (electronic bk.)