The Wounded Surgeon: Confession and Transformation in Six American Poets

The Wounded Surgeon: Confession and Transformation in Six American Poets

Adam Kirsch


"One of the main promising younger poet-critics in America" (Los Angeles Times) examines a progressive iteration of poets.

Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Bishop, Sylvia Plath, John Berryman, Randall Jarrell, and Delmore Schwartz shaped one of many nice constellations of expertise in American literature. within the a long time after international struggle II, they replaced American poetry ceaselessly by way of placing themselves in danger of their poems in a brand new and provocative means. Their bold paintings helped to encourage the preferred kind of poetry referred to now as "confessional." yet partially due to their openness, they've got develop into higher recognized for his or her tumultuous lives—afflicted by means of psychological affliction, alcoholism, and suicide—than for his or her paintings. This booklet reclaims their fulfillment through providing serious "biographies of the poetry"—tracing the advance of every poet's paintings, exploring their significant issues and strategies, and studying how they reworked lifestyles into artwork. a fantastic advent for readers coming to those significant American poets for the 1st time, it's going to additionally aid veteran readers to understand their paintings in a brand new gentle. 6 illustrations

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