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“Fallen from the Symboled World”: Precedents for the New Formalism

Wyatt Prunty


This book is a reading of contemporary American poets using the phenomenological approaches of Heidegger and Husserl. Its argument, begun with the reading of the work of Robert Lowell, is that contemporary poets, unlike their modernist predecessors, have adopted a sceptical stance and expressed that stance through the use of literary tropes that liken (simile) rather than tropes that equate (symbol and allegory). The book provides close readings of the works of such poets as Ammons, Nemerov, Justice, Cunningham, Creeley, and others.

Keywords: American poets, Heidegger, Husserl, literary tropes, Robert Lowell, Ammons, Nemerov, Justice, Cunningham, Creeley

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1990 Print ISBN-13: 9780195057867
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195057867.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wyatt Prunty, author
Johns Hopkins University