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Willard Spiegelman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195368130

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368130.001.0001

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“In the Mash of the Upper and Nether”

“In the Mash of the Upper and Nether”

Ben Belitt’s Places (1976)

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(p.121) Eight “In the Mash of the Upper and Nether”
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Willard Spiegelman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368130.003.0008

This chapter criticizes the works of American poet and translator Ben Belitt. It discusses Belitt's sense of place and suggests that fully half of his poems depict a landscape or action within an external scene. It explains that his style as a translator have its respective analogues in his style as a landscaper. It contends that to describe Belitt as a poet is to place him outside the predominant tendencies of English and American poetry and within a major Continental and South American one.

Keywords:   Ben Belitt, American poet, translator, landscape, external scene, South American poetry

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