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Poems of R.P. Blackmur

Poems of R.P. Blackmur

with introduction by Denis Donoghue
Copyright Date: 1977
Pages: 186
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    Poems of R.P. Blackmur
    Book Description:

    As one of the first and most eloquent spokesmen for the New Criticism, R. P. Blackmur achieved a place of rare distinction in American letters. He preferred to think of himself as a poet, however, and this volume shows that his poetry was in its own right an enduring contribution to literature. Included here areThe Second World(1942) andThe Good European(1947), as well asFrom Jordan's Delight(1937), described by Allen Tate as "one of the most distinguished volumes of verse in the first half of the century."

    Blackmur was a formalist and a master of traditional versification, a poet whose work did not show the influence of Pound and Eliot although he read them closely. His poetry impresses the reader with its strength, gravity, and musicality.

    During his career, Blackmur lectured widely in the United States and abroad. He was the first man of letters to hold the Pitt Professorship of American History and Institutions at Cambridge University, and he was Professor of English at Princeton University, where he conceived the Christian Gauss Seminars in Criticism. He was a Fellow in American Letters at the Library of Congress, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Vice President of the National Institute of Arts and Letters.

    Originally published in 1978.

    ThePrinceton Legacy Libraryuses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

    eISBN: 978-1-4008-6739-4
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-viii)
  3. R. P. Blackmur’s Poetry: An Introduction
    (pp. ix-xxx)
    Denis Donoghue

    It is commonly assumed that Richard Blackmur (1904-1965) was a critic by nature and a poet only betimes; a professor in one capacity and, in the other, an amateur, almost a gentleman. The relation between the poetry and the criticism has not been examined. The criticism, taken by itself, has always been in dispute but never in doubt.Language as GestureandThe Lion and the Honeycombare discussed by nearly everyone who thinks that criticism matters. Some readers find the books exasperating, their insights wild, bizarre, wilful in style; and there are readers who blame Henry James for giving...




    • Twelve Scarabs for the Living: 1942
      (pp. 91-94)
    • Three Poems from a Text: Isaiah LXI: 1-3
      (pp. 95-98)
    • Thirteen Scarabs for the Living: 1945
      (pp. 99-102)
    • The Good European: 1945
      (pp. 103-109)
    • Sunt Lacrimae Rerum et Mentem Mortalia Tangunt
      (pp. 110-110)
    • Boy and Man: The Cracking Glass
      (pp. 111-111)
    • Miching Mallecho
      (pp. 112-112)
    • The Rape of Europa
      (pp. 113-113)
    • Ithyphallics
      (pp. 114-114)
    • The Communiqués from Yalta
      (pp. 115-116)

  8. Acknowledgments
    (pp. 154-154)
  9. Back Matter
    (pp. 155-155)