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Figures of Time
Disjunctions in Modernist Poetry
Figures of Time
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David Ben-Merre - Author
SUNY series, Literature . . . in Theory
Price: $85.00 
Hardcover - 320 pages
Release Date: February 2018
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-6833-4

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Focuses on how nuances of poetic form alter how we have come to understand cultural aspects of time.

Figures of Time proposes radically new ideas about the very poetic ground of culture. Presenting unique close readings of six modern poets—Wallace Stevens, W. B. Yeats, H. D. (Hilda Doolittle), Ezra Pound, Langston Hughes, and T. S. Eliot—David Ben-Merre brings recent theoretical questions about the rhetoric of modernism and poetic figuration into current discussions in critical theory. He argues that poetic spaces, often disjunctions of sound and sense, disrupt our culturally inherited notions of time, reimagining with an often irrational and anachronistic backward glance what we take to be historical chronologies, psychological perceptions of time, and collective scripts about causality.

David Ben-Merre is Associate Professor of English at State University of New York, Buffalo State.

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Table of Contents

Preface:  On “Timeliness”
Introduction: Figuring Anachrony
Kurt Gödel and Other Liars: The Metaleptic Methods of Modernity

Part I. Figures of Opposition

1. Paradox
“Inherent Opposites, Of Essential Unity”: Wallace Stevens’s “Connoisseur of Chaos”

2. Revision
“The Brawling of a Sparrow in the Eaves”: Revision and the Romantic Imagination in W. B. Yeats

Part II. Figures of Recollection

3. Memory
Shellfish Readings: On H.D., Nachträglichkeit, and Anagrammatic Wanderings

4. Tradition
“Strange Spars of Knowledge and Dimmed Wares of Price”: Ezra Pound, “Portrait d’une Femme,” and the Literary Anthology

Part III. Figures of Self

5. Voice
We’re, Like, Talking on the Page: Sound, Simile, and the [Langston] Hues of African American Verse

6. Lyric Identity
“The Patient Is No Longer Here”: T. S. Eliot’s Late Lyric Moment

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