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The Resource Democracy, culture, and the voice of poetry, Robert Pinsky

Democracy, culture, and the voice of poetry, Robert Pinsky

Label
Democracy, culture, and the voice of poetry
Title
Democracy, culture, and the voice of poetry
Statement of responsibility
Robert Pinsky
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The place of poetry in modern democracy is no place, according to conventional wisdom. The poet is a casualty of mass entertainment and prosaic public culture, banished to the artistic sidelines to compose variations on insipid themes for a dwindling audience. Robert Pinsky argues that this gloomy diagnosis is wrongheaded and writes that to portray poetry and democracy as enemies is to radically misconstrue both. The voice of poetry, he shows, resonates with profound themes at the very heart of democratic culture. One of the country's most accomplished poets, Robert Pinsky served two terms as America's Poet Laureate (1997-2000) and led the immensely popular multimedia Favorite Poem Project, which invited Americans to submit and read aloud their favorite poems. Pinsky draws on his experiences and on characteristically sharp and elegant observations of individual poems to argue that expecting poetry to compete with show business is to mistake its greatest democratic strength--its intimate, human scale--as a weakness. He states that as part of the entertainment industry poetry will always be small and overlooked. As an art--and one that is inescapably democratic--it is massive and fundamental
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Pinsky, Robert
Dewey number
811/.509358
Index
index present
LC call number
PS323.5
LC item number
.P57 2002
Literary form
non fiction
Series statement
University Center for Human Values series
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • American poetry
  • Democracy in literature
  • Culture in literature
  • Poetry
  • United States
Label
Democracy, culture, and the voice of poetry, Robert Pinsky
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes index
Control code
ocm49421758
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
x, 96 p.
Isbn
9780691096179
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2002025288
System control number
(OCoLC)49421758
Label
Democracy, culture, and the voice of poetry, Robert Pinsky
Publication
Note
Includes index
Control code
ocm49421758
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
x, 96 p.
Isbn
9780691096179
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2002025288
System control number
(OCoLC)49421758

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