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Being Numerous: Poetry and the Ground of Social Life

Oren Izenberg


This book offers a new way to understand the divisions that organize twentieth-century poetry. It argues that the most important conflict is not between styles or aesthetic politics, but between poets who seek to preserve or produce the incommensurable particularity of experience by making powerful objects, and poets whose radical commitment to abstract personhood seems altogether incompatible with experience—and with poems. Reading across the apparent gulf that separates traditional and avant-garde poets, the book reveals the common philosophical urgency that lies behind diverse forms of poet ... More

Keywords: poetry, poet, poem, poetic difficulty, symbolism, minimalism, slightness, literary life, social life

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780691144832
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691144832.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Oren Izenberg, author
University of California, Irvine