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Poems of pure imagination : Robert Penn Warren and the romantic tradition
Corrigan, Lesa Carnes, 1967-
Publication Information:
Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
xii, 171 pages ; 21 cm.
Romantic confluences and Eliotic strains -- "The Ballad of Billie Potts" and Brother to dragons -- Promises and Warren's romantic vision -- Coleridge revisited -- Poetry, 1970-1985.
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Central Library PS3545.A748 Z657 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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When Robert Penn Warren asks what / Is man but his passion?, he exemplifies the type of artist that the British Romantics celebrated. This study traces the development of Warren's poetic craft as influenced by that movement's ideals. It is a detailed guide to the work of one of America's most distinguished 20th-century poets.

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Warren has been one of the most influential US writers--the country's first poet laureate, Pulitzer Prize winner, and Bollingen Prize winner. Corrigan (Univ. of West Alabama) details the rise of Warren's career--from his time as a student at Vanderbilt University to his final years of writing--showing how his work was influenced by Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, Keats--all British Romantic writers. A chapter titled "Romantic Confluences and the Eliotic Strains" looks at the influence of T.S. Eliot (particularly "The Waste Land") and of Pound and Yeats. Corrigan correlates Warren's interviews and his association with some of the best writers of Southern culture: John Crowe Ransom, Cleanth Brooks, Ralph Ellison, and Allen Tate, all of whom were either close friends or collaborators on Warren's work. An outstanding look at one of the 20th-century's most prolific writers; recommended for upper-level undergraduates and above. J. Coghill; McNeese State University

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