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The New Formalism: A Critical Introduction [Paperback]

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The New Formalism: A Critical Introduction by Robert Mcphillips

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Pages   160
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 5.25" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 30, 2005
Publisher   Wordtech Communications
ISBN  193233968X  
ISBN13  9781932339680  

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pretty good introduction  Jun 26, 2003
First, I'm not sure if this is the edition I have. This review is for Robert McPhillips THE NEW FORMALISM: A CRITICAL INTRODUCTION, published by Volcanic Ash books. But I think the two match up somehow. So here goes.

Robert McPhillips has written a nice introduction to the group of poets that have the moniker, New Formalists. This is not an in-depth book on the poets or their movement, but it is a good place to start, and I'm curious to see where the criticism will go from here (this book should have been published years ago, but that's another story).

Chapters 1 and 2 covers the emergence of the New Formalism and just what it is--a good intro. Chapters 3 and 4 focus on Timothy Steele and Dana Gioia, respectively. And any study of the New Formalism has to include an in-depth study of them. 5 is Gjertrud Schnackenberg and the 'High Style.' This is one of those questionable chapters, I'm not sure how important she is to the 'movement.' Chapter 6 deal with narrative poetry, and McPhillips rightly discusses Dave Mason, Mary Jo Salter, Andrew Hudgins, and Robert McDowell. This is where I would have put Paul Lake, but he appears in the Steele chapter. 7 deals with verse satire and light verse, which is a very significant part of the New Formalism. Here McDowell discusses R.S. Gwynn, Tom Disch, and Charles Martin. The final chapter deals with the 'Revival of the Love Lyric.' I hadn't realized it had gone out of style, but still, this is an important chapter. McDowell briefly mentions poets that deserved more space, like Michael Donaghy, Kim Addonizio, Marilyn Nelson and Kate Light. A.E. Stallings is mention, but there definitely should have been more on her. And where was Tim Murphy? But like I said, and as the title says, this is just a 'critical introduction.' I look forward to the work that comes from this book.


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