The Defective Art of Poetry

Sappho to Yeats

Authors: Bennett, B.

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Treating the work of Sappho, Goethe, Blake, Hölderlin, Verlaine, George, Mörike, and Yeats in detail, Bennett makes the provocative argument that the nature of lyric poetry in the West has an element of defectiveness. This study delves into the irresolvable conflict between a poem's guise as quasi-architectural stasis and quasi-musical kinesis.

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Benjamin Bennett is William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of German at the University of Virginia, USA.

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"Bennett's original and erudite readings of poems by eight great poets are a continuing source of intellectual elation. With rare critical intensity, Bennett brings to light the nuances of masterpieces written in five languages even en route to theorizing their imperfection." - Stanley Corngold , Professor Emeritus of German and Comparative Literature, Princeton University, USA

'The Defective Art of Poetry is a relentlessly profound meditation on what makes a poem a poem and why it matters. In beautifully straightforward prose, Benjamin Bennett draws the reader into intense reflection on how poems work, on the philosophical articulations of poetry, and on his own stunning readings. With this, his tenth book, Bennett once again shows why he is among the most gifted, original, and interesting literary scholars of the last half-century.' - Peter J. Burgard, Harvard University

"Bennett brings his unique combination of broad learning, rigid logic, and inventive reading to eight of the most famous lyric poems in European literature from Sappho to Yeats. His bold readings offer surprising perspectives on the individual texts and a compelling theory of the tasks performed by lyric poetry, by poetic voice, by meter, and above all by readers of poetry." - Jane K. Brown, Joff Hanauer Distinguished Professor for Western Civilization, University of Washington, USA


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Bennett, Benjamin

    Pages 1-10

  • Sappho and the Wordsworth Problem

    Bennett, Benjamin

    Pages 13-30

  • The Poem as Hieroglyph: Goethe’s “Über allen Gipfeln”

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    Pages 31-51

  • The Voices of

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    Pages 55-82

  • Meter and Metaphysics: Hölderlin’s “Hyperions Schicksalslied”

    Bennett, Benjamin

    Pages 83-104

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Defective Art of Poetry
Book Subtitle
Sappho to Yeats
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-38188-0
DOI
10.1057/9781137381880
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-38187-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-47976-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 199
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