Category Archives: Critical

Robinson Jeffers and the Transhuman

In his article “Violence, Violation, and the Limits of Ethics in Robinson Jeffers ‘Hurt Hawks,’” Jordan L. Green uses close reading as well a variety of sources on ethics and the literary idea of the sublime to demonstrate how, in … Continue reading

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The Triumph of the Inhuman in “Hurt Hawks”

In his essay, “Violence, Violation, and the Limits of Ethics in Robinson Jeffers’ ‘Hurt Hawks,’” Jordan L. Green asserts that “Hurt Hawks” is a poem that is both “a harsh portrayal of an unforgiving wilderness” and a challenge “of the … Continue reading

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How Suburbs changed Poetry Forever

     The migration from urban areas to suburban developments outside the major cities of America drastically changed the landscape of the country. The growth of these developments in the early to mid-1900’s divided the vast countryside, and essentially pushed … Continue reading

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Whose “Red Wheelbarrow” Was it?

In Sergio Rizzo’s evaluation of William Carlos Williams “The Red Wheelbarrow” he labels it as one of the most debated poems to come out of the modernist movement. Rizzo examines the emotional agenda behind the poem by revealing two articles … Continue reading

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One must be so careful these days

This critical post may come out being more like a chronos, but I found this gem of information and couldn’t pass it up. “The Trials of Astrology in T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land: A Gloss on Lines 57-59″ by Brian Diemert (On … Continue reading

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“Spring and All” [By the road to the contagious hospital]

In Joshua Schuster’s critical analysis of William Carlos Williams, “Spring and All” [By the road to the contagious hospital], Shuster proposes that Carlos implements styles of his predecessors, such as the Futurists, Vorticists, and Dadaists. This is interpreted through the … Continue reading

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William Carlos Williams’s Liberation within Spring and All

In George Hart’s essay, “‘The Power of Confusion’: Spring and All’s Prose, Poetry, and Poetics,” Hart is arguing the fact that the confusion in Williams’s Spring and All is an accurate portrayal of what modernist poetry is.  Hart argues that … Continue reading

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Confusion, Separation, Isolation, Liberation: A Critical Approach to “Spring and All”

In “The Power of Confusion: Spring and All’s Prose, Poetry, and Poetics” George Hart argues for the necessity of confusion, specifically meaning to combine or merge causing incoherence, within William Carlos William’s Spring and All as a key element within … Continue reading

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Descendance: James E. Breslin on “Spring and All”

Focusing on the first stanza of “Spring and All”, which begins with “By the road to the contagious hospital”, James E. Breslin discusses the movement of the poem as it descends not only with images but also on a thematic … Continue reading

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A critical view of the Wasteland

After reading The Wasteland you would notice that Eliot’s main theme here is the psychological state of the twentieth century.  According to Michael Levenson, Eliot uses a distinctive, syntactic pattern in the first opening lines in the Norton Anthology: “April … Continue reading

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