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Reading for Affect in the Lyric: From Modern to Contemporary

  • Charles Altieri

Abstract

I hope to develop two arguments that I think relevant to the teaching of lyric poetry. The first is analytic, the second historical and hence potentially capable of making a bridge between general concerns about the lyric and specific attention to some aspects of radical or investigative poetics.

Keywords

Fall Leaf Thematic Resolution Lyric Poetry Affective Life Imaginary Projection 
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Notes

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    Lyn Hejinian and Leslie Scalapino, Sight (Washington, DC: Edge Books, 1999).Google Scholar
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    William Wordsworth, “Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey,” Selected Poems, ed. John O. Hayden, (London: Penguin Books, 1994), 66.Google Scholar

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© Joan Retallack and Juliana Spahr 2006

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  • Charles Altieri

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