Friday, January 21, 2005

It's: No. You're Wrong Day

Mike Snider claims that, until the 20th century poetry, was not written for small groups. I suppose this is a trick answer?

Poetry was written within small groups: in that sense, for small groups. Jonathan is not wrong, Mike. How about one example. A small group is a small group no matter how popular they may have been. The Della Cruscans not only wrote within a small (tho' bustling and popular) group, they often wrote poems explicitly for one another. Check out Mary Robinson's DC work. Moreover, the DCs wrote poetry considered then (Wordsworth famously in his Preface) and now (by many Romantics students/scholars) to be pretentious, affected, and rhetorically ornate. --Mike, it's the kind of poetry you praise at every opportunity.

Don't look now.

5 comments:

Michael Snider said...

Nope. I praise poetry which uses the language of the time in an unaffected manner in interaction with metrical constraints. Actually, that's too small a group — I also praise much free verse. I disparage poetry written in the language of a coterie, including today's academic coteries.

And Mary Robinson, by the way, although not as highly regarded byt Wordsworth's circle as Charlotte Smith and Helen Maria Williams, was hardly a coterie poet, being an actress, a public figure, and an early feminist. Not much of a poet though.

Laura Carter said...

the language of "my time" is somewhere in between, say, quickspace, george jones, lyn hejinian, & some russian philosophers, plus the language of fox news, maybe a little music theory (for dummies), also when i sign on aol they have this fancy little box that gives me news updates & that too is my language of my time

i also like the language of noam chomsky (not the indecipherable linguistic stuff) & thomas's blog (which is sometimes over my head) &

maybe too ezra pound, because i did take greek (as a dummy)

that's a hard one to figure out

totalvo said...

http://www.showandtellmusic.com/mp3s/gallery_l/FlightFINAL.mp3
listen to this gary

Michael Snider said...

Laura,

You don't expect me to disagree with that list, do you?

Laura Carter said...

it's not a list, or an argument...

just not sure how formalism & its products fit the democratic norm...