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Gurzil Dispels the Darkness

Subject: Religion

(Libya) Gurzil, the sun god, was worshiped among the Huwwara of Tripolitania well into the eleventh century, long after the Arab conquest. This deity was a protector, a guide, ...

Robinson, Marilynne

Robinson, Marilynne (1943– )   Quick reference

A Dictionary of Writers and their Works (3 ed.)

...and essayist Housekeeping ( 1980 ) Fiction Mother Country: Britain, the Welfare State, and Nuclear Pollution ( 1989 ) Non-Fiction The Death of Adam: Essays on Modern Thought ( 1998 ) Non-Fiction Gilead ( 2004 ) Fiction Home ( 2008 ) Fiction Absence of Mind: The Dispelling of Inwardness from the Modern Myth of the Self ( 2010 ) Non-Fiction When I Was a Child I Read Books: Essays ( 2012 ) Non-Fiction Lila ( 2014 ) ...

O’Driscoll, Denis

O’Driscoll, Denis (1954–2012)   Reference library

Heather Yeung

The Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry (2 ed.)

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2013

...by University College, Dublin in 2009 . O’Driscoll’s poetry is highly formal; he wrote that ‘form and rhythm … can somehow confer higher destiny and density on even the most workaday words’. A concern with mortality is an undercurrent to the work, yet a strong sense of irony dispels any possibility of sentimentality. The Bottom Line (Dedalus, 1994 ) is a curtal sonnet sequence which wryly addresses the aesthetic cost of the banalities of office life in ‘Celtic Tiger’ Dublin. Yet O’Driscoll sits well within a wider European context. George * Szirtes has...

Difficulty

Difficulty   Reference library

A. L. Osborn

The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (4 ed.)

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2017
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Literature, Literary studies - poetry and poets
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1,969 words

...by cummings and Gertrude Stein was typical of detractors who suspected difficulty to be symptomatic of decadent freedoms, indistinct forms, and elitist exclusivity. Defenders argued that many canonical poems were intrinsically difficult, and that time has not always dispelled their difficulty. The critical reputation of the metaphysical poets , esp. John Donne , was resurrected by the New Critics with the aid of such arguments. They defended the difficulty of certain contemp. poems as similarly integral. Blackmur wrote of Stevens’s “The Comedian as...

Nonsense Verse

Nonsense Verse   Reference library

E. Rettberg

The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (4 ed.)

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2017
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Literature, Literary studies - poetry and poets
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1,467 words

...Eur., Chinese, Indian, or Ar. Despite its name, nonsense does not wholly escape sense, and critics draw a sharp distinction between nonsense and mere gibberish. Nonsense remains rule-based, even if the rules are different from those of our world, and Lecercle has urged readers to dispel the notion that nonsense “presents us with the charming disorder of freedom.” Rather, nonsense deals in a complex interplay of order and disorder, of meaning and nonmeaning. Even the most gibberish-like instances of verse engage a reader’s impulse toward meaning, “the mind’s...

Assonance

Assonance   Reference library

P. G. Adams and S. Cushman

The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (4 ed.)

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2017
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Literature, Literary studies - poetry and poets
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...employed assonance consistently, esp. Fyodor Tiutchev , Boris Pasternak , Alexander Blok , and Valery Bryusov , the latter two frequently substituting it for end rhyme (Plank, Donchin, Ginzburg). Finally, the notion that assonance is no longer used for end rhyme must be dispelled. Blok replaced rhyme with assonance in whole series of poems, as did Rilke; Verlaine used assonance instead of rhyme perhaps half the time, and poets such as Dylan Thomas in Britain and Randall Jarrell and Hart Crane in the U.S. have often made such a substitution. It...

Language Poetry

Language Poetry   Reference library

O. Izenberg

The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (4 ed.)

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2017
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Literature, Literary studies - poetry and poets
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...in which many of the Language writers began their mature work. Even at a distance from these formative events, however, Language poetry retains a utopian strain, a sense of its political and social dissidence that no amount of mainstream success or institutional recognition has dispelled. The forms of Language poetry have followed a similar revisionary trajectory. Some of the earlier works of Language poetry experimented with extreme ling. fragmentation—with lang. broken at the lexical or morphemic level and operating at or beyond the edges of intelligibility...

Low Countries, Poetry of the

Low Countries, Poetry of the   Reference library

D. De Geest and J. Dewulf

The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (4 ed.)

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2017
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Literature, Literary studies - poetry and poets
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5,402 words

...Lyotard , and Paul de Man , they deconstruct the ultimate belief in lang. as an effective means of communication and a way to gain insight into the world and humanity. Instead, they propagate rupture and discontinuity, fragmentation and polyphony. Intertextuality is used to dispel the illusion of coherence and a fixed meaning. Huub Beurskens (b. 1950 ), Marc Reugebrink (b. 1960 ), Dirk van Bastelaere (b. 1960 ), Erik Spinoy (b. 1960 ), Peter Verhelst (b. 1962 ), and Stefan Hertmans (b. 1951 ) are marked by the heritage of modernism. This...

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