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How Poets See the World: The Art of Description in Contemporary Poetry

Willard Spiegelman


Although readers of prose fiction sometimes find descriptive passages superfluous or boring, description itself is often the most important aspect of a poem. This book examines how a variety of contemporary poets use description in their work. Description has been the great burden of poetry. How do poets see the world? How do they look at it? What do they look for? Is description an end in itself, or a means of expressing desire? Ezra Pound demanded that a poem should represent the external world as objectively and directly as possible, and William Butler Yeats, in his introduction to The Oxfo ... More

Keywords: prose fiction, description, poem, poets, poetry, Ezra Pound, William Butler Yeats, readers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195332926
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195332926.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Willard Spiegelman, author