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A Companion to Poetic Genre


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Notes on Contributors ix Preface xix Acknowledgments xxiv Part I 1 ?To Get the News from Poems?: Poetry as Genre 3 Jahan Ramazani 2 What Was New Formalism? 17 David Caplan 3 Meter 34 Peter L. Groves 4 The Stanza: Echo Chambers 53 Debra Fried 5 Trying to Praise the Mutilated World: The Contemporary American Ode 64 Ann Keniston 6 English Elegies 77 Neil Roberts 7 The Self-Elegy: Narcissistic Nostalgia or Proleptic Postmortem? 93 Eve C. Sorum 8 Free Verse and Formal: The English Ghazal 104 Lisa Sewell 9 On ?the Beat Inevitable?: The Ballad 117 Romana Huk 10 Oddity or Tour de Force? The Sestina 139 Nicole Ollier 11 The Rondeau: Still Doing the Rounds 157 Maria Johnston 12 Weaving Close Turns and Counter Turns: The Villanelle 171 Karen Jackson Ford 13 Looping the Loop: Terza Rima 188 George Szirtes 14 Ottava Rima: Quietly Facetious upon Everything 206 Michael Hinds 15 ?Named Airs?: American Sonnets (Stevens to Bidart) 220 Meg Tyler 16 African American Sonnets: Voicing Justice and Personal Dignity 234 Jeff Westover 17 The Liberties of Blank Verse 250 Patrick Jackson 18 Arcs of Movement: The Heroic Couplet 263 David Wheatley 19 In a Sea of Indeterminacy: Fourteen Ways of Looking at Haiku 277 Peter Harris 20 On the Pantoum, and the Pantunite Element in Poetry 293 Geoff Ward 21 ?Gists and Piths?: The Free-Verse Revolution in Contemporary American Poetry 306 Marie-Christine Lemardeley 22 The Emergent Prose Poem 318 Andy Brown 23 Concrete/Visual Poetry 330 Fiona McMahon 24 Poems that Count: Procedural Poetry 348 Helene Aji 25 Modes of Found Poetry 361 Lacy Rumsey Part II 26 ?Horny Morning Mood?: The Aubade and Alba 379 Kit Fryatt 27 Nox Consilium and the Dark Night of the Soul: The Nocturne 390 Erik Martiny 28 Heaney, Virgil, and Contemporary Katabasis 404 Rachel Falconer 29 The Aisling 420 Bernard O?Donoghue 30 The Printed Voice 435 Yann Tholoniat 31 Rewriting the People?s Newspaper: Trinidadian Calypso after 1956 446 John Thieme 32 Tragicomic Mode in Modern American Poetry: ?Awful but Cheerful? 459 Bonnie Costello 33 Parnassus in Pillory: Satirical Verse 478 Todd Nathan Thompson 34 Poetry and Its Occasions: ?Undoing the Folded Lie? 490 Stephen Wilson 35 On Verse Letters 505 Philip Coleman 36 ?Containing History?: Epic Poetry and Revisions of the Genre 521 Alex Runchman 37 T.S. Eliot and the Short Long Poem 532 Jennifer Clarvoe 38 Making War Poetry Contemporary 543 Rainer Emig 39 Bestiary USA: The Modern American Bestiary Poem 555 Jo Gill 40 ?From Arcadia to Bunyah?: Mutation and Diversity in the Pastoral Mode 568 Karina Williamson 41 Another Green World: Contemporary Garden Poetry 584 Mark Scroggins 42 Scenic, or Topographical, Poetry 598 Stephen Burt 43 Ekphrastic Poetry: In and Out of the Museum 614 Jonathan Ellis Index 627

About the Author

Dr Erik Martiny teaches Anglophone literature and film inAix-en-Provence, France. He has published numerous articles onpoets such as Peter Redgrove, Frank O Hara, Sylvia Plath,Paul Durcan, Thomas Kinsella, Paul Muldoon, Ted Hughes and DerekWalcott. He has also written on the connections between film andfiction, having recently edited a volume of essays entitled Lolita: From Nabokov to Kubrick and Lyne (2009), as well asthe book Intertextualite et Filiation Paternelle dans laPoesie Anglophone (2009).


If there is some conceptual wobble in the nature of this undertaking, this Companion is nevertheless a useful, informative and yes companionable volume on which its editor may be congratulated. (English Studies, 1 October 2014)

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