The Life of Poetry

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Current Books, 1949 - Literary Collections - 232 pages
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User Review  - Carol - Goodreads

I am so glad I read this. This book was published in 1949, and in response to what she was saying, advocating, complaining about, at that time made me fervently wish I could have had conversations ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sarah - Goodreads

I really liked her discussion on what is underlying the general complaint of a person who says "I don't get/don't like poetry." I liked when she talked about society and the arts more than the poem ... Read full review

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Muriel Rukeyser - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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The Purpose of Poetry
Elsewhere in The Life of Poetry (which thankfully has just been reprinted), Muriel Rukeyser says, ďArt is practiced by the artist and the audience. ... purpose.html The home of the Poetry Foundation
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PAL: Muriel Rukeyser (1913 - 1980)
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Cotsen Childrens Library | Subtle Knife -- Flynn
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About the author (1949)

During her five-decade literary career, Rukeyser provoked varying critical response; yet her passionate contribution to the contemporary literary and political scene cannot be doubted. An outspoken "spokespoet," she was always where the political action was. As a young reporter from Vassar, she covered the 1932 Scottsboro Trial; some forty years later, she was jailed for her anti-Vietnam protests in Washington, D.C. So closely aligned is her activism to her art that several reviewers believe that the history of midcentury America can be garnered from her poetry. Yet, along with her outrage, Rukeyser's poetry is marked by optimism in a way that is reminiscent of Walt Whitman's verse. It is as though she believed that out of the pain of conflict will come a healing and transforming revelation. During her career, Rukeyser moved from a reliance on simple declaratives to a more sophisticated, private use of language; and, though she continued to deal with politics all her life, later poems also treat personal subjects---her role as mother and daughter, her sexual feelings for women and men, the illness that led to her death. From beginning to end, she was honored for her contribution to poetry: with the Yale Younger Poets Prize in 1935 for Theory of Flight to the tribute paid her at the annual New York Quarterly Poetry Day in 1977.

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