Creating Another Self: Voice in Modern American Personal Poetry Samuel Maio

ISBN: 9780943549330

Published: December 28th 1995

Hardcover

286 pages


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Creating Another Self: Voice in Modern American Personal Poetry  by  Samuel Maio

Creating Another Self: Voice in Modern American Personal Poetry by Samuel Maio
December 28th 1995 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 286 pages | ISBN: 9780943549330 | 8.63 Mb

Creating Another Self makes two significant literary assertions. First, that all first-person voice poetry necessarily involves a masking of some kind- and second, that all personal poetry falls into one of three masking modes: the confessional,MoreCreating Another Self makes two significant literary assertions.

First, that all first-person voice poetry necessarily involves a masking of some kind- and second, that all personal poetry falls into one of three masking modes: the confessional, the persona, and the self-effacing. Samuel Maio supports these claims with an in-depth analysis of the work of representative poets, three for each mode: Robert Lowell, James Wright, and Anne Sexton (confessional)- John Berryman, Weldon Kees, and Galway Kinnell (persona)- and Mark Strand, Charles Simic, and David Ignatow (self-effacing).

Further, the book draws on the work of several newer poets such as Garrett Hongo and Jim Barnes to suggest that personal poetry has had a far reaching influence on 20th century poetry. A work of theoretical criticism, and not a survey of personal poets, Creating Another Self suggests that contemporary personal poetry is a distinctive phase begun in the 1950s and coming to a close in the 1990s. The book is an important work for scholars of American literature and for creative writers.



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