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A Companion to Poetic Genre



A Companion to Poetic Genre

Erik Martiny (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-444-34429-5 October 2011 Wiley-Blackwell 608 Pages

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A Companion to Poetic Genre brings together over 40 contributions from leading academics to provide critical overviews of poetic genres and their modern adaptations.
  • Covers a large range of poetic cultural traditions from Britain, Ireland, North America, Japan and the Caribbea
  • Summarises many genres from their earliest origins to their most recent renderings
  • The only full-length critical collection to deal with modern adaptations of poetic genres
  • Contributors include Bernard O’Donoghue, Stephen Burt, Jahan Ramazani, and many other notable scholars of poetry and poetics
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
Hélène 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

“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)