"The Occasion of These Ruses": The Mid-Twentieth-Century Poetic Speaker in the Works of Robert Lowell, Frank O'Hara, and George Oppen

Nelson, Matthew.


  • Abstract: This dissertation argues for a new history of mid-twentieth-century American poetry shaped by the emergence of the figure of the poetic speaker as a default mode of reading. Now a central fiction of lyric reading, the figure of the poetic speaker developed gradually and unevenly over the course of the twentieth century. While the field of historical poetics draws attention to alternative, ... read more
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