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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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Willard Spiegelman

Oxford University Press

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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