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Pound, Frost, Moore, and Poetic Precision

Science in Modernist American Poetry

Authors: Ahearn, Barry

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  • Demonstrates a keen understanding of the conceptual and aesthetic aspects of the poetry of Pound, Frost, and Moore
  • Traces the historical contexts for the rising importance of mathematics and science and its influence on literature in America
  • Investigates the uses of precision’s opposite—imprecision—in poetry
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Pound, Frost, Moore and Poetic Precision: Science in American Modernist Poetry examines three major poets in light of the demand that poetry aspire to scientific precision. The critical insistence that poetry be precise affected every one of these poets, and looking at how they responded to this insistence offers a new perspective on their achievements and, by extension, twentieth-century poetry in general. Ezra Pound sought to associate poetry with the precision of modern science, technology and mathematics as a way to eliminate or reduce error.  Robert Frost, however, welcomed imprecision as a fundamental aspect of existence that the poet could use.  Marianne Moore appreciated the value of both precision and imprecision, especially with respect to her religious perspective on human and natural phenomena. By analyzing these particular poets’ reaction to the value placed on precision, Barry Ahearn explores how that emphasis influenced the broader culture, literary culture and twentieth-century Modernist American poetry.

About the authors

Barry Ahearn is Professor Emeritus of English at Tulane University, USA.  He is the author of Zukofsky’s “A”: An Introduction (1983) and William Carlos Williams and Alterity (1994).  He has also edited the correspondence of Cummings, Pound, Williams and Zukofsky.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Pound, Frost, Moore, and Poetic Precision
Book Subtitle
Science in Modernist American Poetry
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-36544-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-36544-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-36543-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-36546-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 332
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