Oliver, a highly beloved and well-respected writer, won the Pulitzer Prize for her work, American Primitive, in Her first book, No Voyage, and Other Poems, was published in Today, at age 81, she continues to write and publish in many forms.
History[ edit ] The oldest love poem. Sumerian terracotta tablet from Nippur, Iraq. Ancient Orient Museum, Istanbul The examples and perspective in this section may not represent a worldwide view of the subject. You may improve this articlediscuss the issue on the talk pageor create a new articleas appropriate.
September Learn how and when to remove this template message Some scholars believe that the art of poetry may predate literacy.
Epic poetry, including the Odysseythe Gathasand the Indian Vedasappears to have been composed in poetic form as an aid to memorization and oral transmission, in prehistoric and ancient societies.
The earliest entries in the oldest extant collection of Chinese poetrythe Shijingwere initially lyrics.
Notably, the existing fragments of Aristotle 's Poetics describe three genres of poetry—the epic, the comic, and the tragic—and develop rules to distinguish the highest-quality poetry in each genre, based on the underlying purposes of the genre.
This approach remained influential into the 20th century. Yet other modernists challenge the very attempt to define poetry as misguided. Numerous modernist poets have written in non-traditional forms or in what traditionally would have been considered prose, although their writing was generally infused with poetic diction and often with rhythm and tone established by non- metrical means.
While there was a substantial formalist reaction within the modernist schools to the breakdown of structure, this reaction focused as much on the development of new formal structures and syntheses as on the revival of older forms and structures.
Postmodernism goes beyond modernism's emphasis on the creative role of the poet, to emphasize the role of the reader of a text Hermeneuticsand to highlight the complex cultural web within which a poem is read.
The literary critic Geoffrey Hartman has used the phrase "the anxiety of demand" to describe contemporary response to older poetic traditions as "being fearful that the fact no longer has a form", building on a trope introduced by Emerson.
Emerson had maintained that in the debate concerning poetic structure where either "form" or "fact" could predominate, that one need simply "Ask the fact for the form.MU Grade Distribution Application Thursday, November 15, Term. Stephen Vincent Benét, (born July 22, , Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, U.S.—died March 13, , New York, New York), American poet, novelist, and writer of short stories, best known for John Brown’s Body, a long narrative poem on the American Civil War.
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Between the years and , Stephen Vincent Benét was one of the best-known living American poets, more widely read than Robert Frost, T.S. Eliot, William Carlos Williams, or Wallace Stevens and as well respected in book review columns. He was a rarity among twentieth-century authors, a poet whose books sold in the tens of .
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