Uncertainty and Plenitude: Five Contemporary Poets by Peter Stitt

By Peter Stitt

Peter Stitt, a unusual critic in addition to the editor of the Gettysburg assessment, has prepare a desirable examine of 5 modern American poets: John Ashberry, Stephen Dobyns, Charles Simic, Gerald Stern, and Charles Wright. Stitt examines the writers' recurring ideas, issues, resonances to greater cultural matters, and aesthetic strengths and weaknesses. it really is tricky to make generalizations approximately an extant literary interval, yet by way of focusing his observations on those 5 poets, Stitt makes a few modest, moderate claims in regards to the present country of poetry which are supported by way of powerful readings of the poems themselves.

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No. "11 Setting out to prove that his poems have no meaning beyond what they say, Ashbery found that every poem that he looked at had meaning beyond what it said. And then, of course, he found the example he was looking for. The incident illustrates nicely the inescapable hegemony of uncertainly, over poet and critic alike. Another poem from Ashbery's first book illustrates this in a particularly profound way. "The Painter" seems to enact, indirectly to be sure, both the drama and the significance inherent in our passage from a view of the world based on classical physics to a view of the world based on quantum physics.

I have also used the notes, when appropriate, to argue with some of these critics, to extend some of my discussions, even to argue occasionally with myself. Page 19 John Ashbery The Poetics of Uncertainty John Ashbery brings out the best and the worst in people who care about contemporary American poetry. The best is exemplified by the reception he has gotten throughout the years from the officialdom of poetry: so many awards, so much honor, such a plenitude of vociferous praise, so many plaques, so many laurel wreaths, so many barrels of cash.

The other half involves (once again) both Bohr and Heisenberg, for the two were working Page 10 together at the time, and getting in one another's hair. By February 1927, Bohr and Heisenberg had been together in Copenhagen for almost two years, trying to understand the new developments in physics. They faced two problems, and each was deeply intertwined. First was the impossibility, for a quantum situation, of giving a classical description involving two measurements: that meant that a particle was not merely a) a discrete object whose precise location could be measured, possessing b) a discrete amount of energy that could also be measured.

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