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A Guide to the Maximus Poems of Charles Olson

A Guide to the Maximus Poems of Charles Olson

  • Author: George F. Butterick
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 9780520042704
  • Category: Poetry
  • Page: 818
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00 Praised by his contemporaries and emulated by his successors, Charles Olson (1910-1970) was declared by William Carlos Williams to be "a major poet with a sweep of understanding of the world, a feeling for other men that staggers me." This complete edition brings together the three volumes of Olson's long poem (originally published in 1960, 1968, and 1975) in an authoritative version. Praised by his contemporaries and emulated by his successors, Charles Olson (1910-1970) was declared by William Carlos Williams to be "a major poet with a sweep of understanding of the world, a feeling for other men that staggers me." This complete edition brings together the three volumes of Olson's long poem (originally published in 1960, 1968, and 1975) in an authoritative version.

The Collected Poems of Charles Olson

The Collected Poems of Charles Olson

Excluding the Maximus Poems

  • Author: Charles Olson,George F. Butterick
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 9780520057647
  • Category: Poetry
  • Page: 675
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Background information accompanies Olson's poems about myths mortality, language, love, nature, marriage, music, and time

The Maximus Poems

The Maximus Poems

  • Author: Charles Olson
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 0520055950
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 652
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A collection of modern poems probing the human feelings which penetrate life and history along the northern Massachusetts coast

Editing The Maximus Poems

Editing The Maximus Poems

Supplementary Notes

  • Author: George F. Butterick
  • Publisher: University of Connecticut Business
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Poetry
  • Page: 108
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The Collected Poems of Charles Olson

The Collected Poems of Charles Olson

Excluding the Maximus Poems

  • Author: Charles Olson
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 9780520920415
  • Category: Poetry
  • Page: 609
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A seminal figure in post-World War II literature, Charles Olson (1910-1970) has helped define the postmodern sensibility. His poetry is marked by an almost limitless range of interest and extraordinary depth of feeling. Olson's themes are among the largest conceivable: empowering love, political responsibility, historical discovery and cultural reckoning, the wisdom of dreams and the transformation of consciousness—all carried in a voice both intimate and grand, American and timeless, impassioned and coolly demanding. Until recently, Olson's reputation as a major figure in American literature has rested primarily on his theoretical writings and his epic work, the Maximus Poems. With The Collected Poems an even more impressive Olson emerges. This volume brings together all of Olson's work and extends the poetic accomplishment that influenced a generation. Charles Olson was praised by his contemporaries and emulated by his successors. He was declared by William Carlos Williams to be "a major poet with a sweep of understanding of the world, a feeling for other men that staggers me." His indispensable essays, "Projective Verse" and "Human Universe," and his study of Melville, Call Me Ishmael, remain as fresh today as when they were written.

The Poetry of Charles Olson

The Poetry of Charles Olson

A Primer

  • Author: Thomas F. Merrill
  • Publisher: University of Delaware Press
  • ISBN: 9780874131963
  • Category: Poetry
  • Page: 228
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Charles Olson and Alfred North Whitehead

Charles Olson and Alfred North Whitehead

An Essay on Poetry

  • Author: Shachar Bram
  • Publisher: Bucknell University Press
  • ISBN: 9780838755570
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 164
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Annotation "Through a detailed and thoughtful study of the impact of Alfred North Whitehead's philosophy on Olson's aesthetic theory, this book points out the conceptual unity underlying what seems to be a sprawl of fragments in Olson's major work, The Maximus Poems." "On the one hand, concrete poetic units of The Maximus Poems serve as a starting point for clarifying how different elements are joined together in one unity. On the other hand, the book traces the blending of the whole poem at the macro level, following its course through a temporal progress in which the poem moves from one poetic unit to the next; that is, from a unity (of multiplicity) to a new unity (in which the previous unity is already part of the multiplicity building the new one). Thus the book illuminates Olson's theory of the Long Poem as an "all-containing" corpus, governed by metaphysical principles, equal to life itself, enacted in the process of working on The Maximus Poems."--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

American and British Poetry

American and British Poetry

A Guide to the Criticism, 1925-1978

  • Author: Harriet Semmes Alexander
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • ISBN: 9780719017063
  • Category: American poetry
  • Page: 486
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Encyclopedia of American Poetry: The Twentieth Century

Encyclopedia of American Poetry: The Twentieth Century

  • Author: Eric L. Haralson
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 131776322X
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 866
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The Encyclopedia of American Poetry: The Twentieth Century contains over 400 entries that treat a broad range of individual poets and poems, along with many articles devoted to topics, schools, or periods of American verse in the century. Entries fall into three main categories: poet entries, which provide biographical and cultural contexts for the author's career; entries on individual works, which offer closer explication of the most resonant poems in the 20th-century canon; and topical entries, which offer analyses of a given period of literary production, school, thematically constructed category, or other verse tradition that historically has been in dialogue with the poetry of the United States.

Selected Poems of Charles Olson

Selected Poems of Charles Olson

  • Author: Charles Olson
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 0520212320
  • Category: Poetry
  • Page: 225
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"I have assumed a great deal in the selection of the poems from such a large and various number, making them a discourse unavoidably my own as well as any Olson himself might have chosen to offer. I had finally no advice but the long held habit of our using one another, during his life, to act as a measure, a bearing, an unabashed response to what either might write or say."—Robert Creeley A seminal figure in post-World War II literature, Charles Olson has helped define the postmodern sensibility. His poetry embraces themes of empowering love, political responsibility, the wisdom of dreams, the intellect as a unit of energy, the restoration of the archaic, and the transformation of consciousness—all carried in a voice both intimate and grand, American and timeless, impassioned and coolly demanding. In this selection of some 70 poems, Robert Creeley has sought to present a personal reading of Charles Olson's decisive and inimitable work—"unequivocal instances of his genius"—over the many years of their friendship.

Ethics and Politics in Modern American Poetry

Ethics and Politics in Modern American Poetry

  • Author: John Wrighton
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1136604081
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 236
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From the Objectivists to e-poetry, this thoughtful and innovative book explores the dynamic relationship between the ethical imperative and poetic practice, revitalizing the study of the most prominent post-war American poets in a fresh, provocative way. Contributing to the "turn to ethics" in literary studies, the book begins with Emmanual Levinas’ philosophy, proposing that his reorientation of ontology and ethics demands a social responsibility. In poetic practice this responsibility for the other, it is argued, is both responsive to the traumatized semiotics of our shared language and directed towards an emancipatory social activism. Individual chapters deal with Charles Olson’s The Maximus Poems (including reproductions of previously unpublished archive material), Gary Snyder’s environmental poetry, Allen Ginsberg’s Beat poetics, Jerome Rothenberg’s ethnopoetics, and Bruce Andrew’s Language poetry. Following the book’s chronological and contextual approach, their work is situated within a constellation of poetic schools and movements, and in relation to the shifting socio-political conditions of post-war America. In its redefinition and extension of the key notion of "poethics" and, as guide to the development of experimental work in modern American poetry, this book will interest and appeal to a wide audience.

Poems Containing History

Poems Containing History

Twentieth-Century American Poetry's Engagement with the Past

  • Author: Gary Grieve-Carlson
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • ISBN: 0739167561
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 238
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Poems Containing History: Twentieth-Century American Poetry’s Engagement with the Past, by Gary Grieve-Carlson, argues that twentieth-century American poetry has “contained” and helped its readers to think about history in a variety of provocative and powerful ways. Tracing the discussion of the relationship between poetry and history from Aristotle’s Poetics to Norman Mailer’s The Armiesof the Night and Hayden White’s Metahistory, the book shows that even as history evolves into a professional, academic discipline in the late nineteenth century, and as its practitioners emphasize the scientific aspects of their work and minimize its literary aspects, twentieth-century American poets continue to take history as the subject of their major poems.

Charles Olson

Charles Olson

Call Him Ishmael

  • Author: Paul Christensen
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • ISBN: 0292762437
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 278
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Charles Olson was an important force behind the raucous, explicit, jaunty style of much of twentieth-century poetry in America. This study makes a major contribution to our understanding of his life and work. Paul Christensen draws upon a wide variety of source materials—from letters, unpublished essays, and fragments and sketches from the Olson Archives to the full range of Olson's published prose and poetry. Under Christensen's critical examination, Olson emerges as a stunning theorist and poet, whose erratic and often unfinished writings obscured his provocative intellect and the coherence of his perspective on the arts. Soon after World War II, Olson emerged as one of America's leading poets with his revolutionary document on poetics, "Projective Verse," and his now-classic poem, "The Kingfishers," both of which declared a new set of techniques for verse composition. Throughout the 1950s Olson wrote many polemical essays on literature, history, aesthetics, and philosophy that outlined a new stance to experience he called objectism. A firm advocate of spontaneous self-expression in the arts, Olson regarded the poet's return to an intense declaration of individuality as a force to combat the decade's insistence on conformity. Throughout his life Olson fought against the depersonalization of the artist in the modern age; his resources, raw verve and unedited tumultuous lyricism, were weapons he used against generalized life and identity. This volume begins with an overview of Olson's life from his early years as a student at Harvard through his short-lived political career, his rectorship at Black Mountain College, and his retirement to Gloucester to finish writing the Maximus poems. Christensen provides a systematic review of Olson's prose works, including a close examination of his brilliant monograph on Melville, Call Me Ishmael. Considerable attention is devoted to Olson's theory of projectivism, the themes and techniques of his short poems, and the strategies and content of his major work, the Maximus series. In addition, there is a critical survey of the works of Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Denise Levertov, Paul Blackburn, and other poets who show Olson's influence in their own innovative, self-exploratory poetry.

Selected Letters

Selected Letters

  • Author: Charles Olson
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 0520918002
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 532
  • View: 6806
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For Charles Olson, letters were not only a daily means of communication with friends but were at the same time a vehicle for exploratory thought. In fact, many of Olson's finest works, including Projective Verse and the Maximus Poems, were formulated as letters. Olson's letters are important to an understanding of his definition of the postmodern, and through the play of mind exhibited here we recognize him as one of the vital thinkers of the twentieth century. In this volume, edited and annotated by Ralph Maud, we see Olson at the height of his powers and also at his most human. Nearly 200 letters, selected from a known 3,000, demonstrate the wide range of Olson's interests and the depth of his concern for the future. Maud includes letters to friends and loved ones, job and grant applications, letters of recommendation, and Black Mountain College business letters, as well as correspondence illuminating Olson's poetics. As we read through the letters, which span the years from 1931, when Olson was an undergraduate, to his death in 1970, a fascinating portrait of this complex poet and thinker emerges.

Charles Olson's Maximus

Charles Olson's Maximus

  • Author: Don Byrd
  • Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 204
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