By Muriel Spark
Within the seventy-three poems gathered right here Muriel Spark works in open varieties in addition to villanelles, rondels, epigrams, or even the travel de strength of a twenty-one web page ballad. She additionally exhibits herself a grasp of unforgettable brief poems. earlier than reaching popularity as a novelist (Memento Mori, The best of leave out Jean Brodie), Muriel Spark was once already an acclaimed poet. The "power and control" of her poetry, as Publishers Weekly remarked, "is virtually startling." With the energy and wit common of all her paintings, Dame Muriel hasn't ever stopped writing poems, which often seem within the New Yorker. as with any her creations, the poems express Spark to be "astonishingly gifted and actually inimitable" (The San Francisco Chronicle).
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29 Unlike his European counterpart, however, James’s Whitman only sees in the crowd an affirming vision of the civic body, never an alienating vision of modernity.
Is an unsubdued social frontier” (Individualism, 45 –46). Only by embracing scientific method and pragmatic philosophy, he concludes, can modern Americans hope to replace the pioneer with a new ideal citizen, who in turn might shape a better national community. Even as he expresses hope for the future, though, Dewey is not wholly optimistic. All too often, he finds the older individual is idealized rather than discarded as the cultural remnant (or “rag”) that it is; people tend to be suspicious of science or use it for private and financial rather than publicly minded and ethically driven purposes.
Far from anomalous, Frost’s story of his own tramping experience as well as his early efforts at what was known as “tramp poetry” were typical of an elite literary culture entranced by the phenomenon of the unemployed. ”3 Calling themselves “Black Richard or Bliss,” these “vagabonds” are implicitly racially marked, emphasizing a dual rejection of the traditional role of white producer as well as the modern plight of the mechanized worker. Tramp poetry first gained ground in the 1890s and continued to hold appeal for a mass audience well into the 1930s, and Frost worked within and against its conventions throughout much of his career, beginning with his earliest publications.
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