What Is It Then Between Us?: Traditions of Love in American Poetry

Eric Murphy Selinger March 21, 2020

What Is It Then Between Us?: Traditions of Love in American Poetry Eric Murphy Selinger What is it then between us Walt Whitman asks in Crossing Brooklyn Ferry In this generous, imaginative study, Eric Murphy Selinger uses Whitman s question to open a welcome new perspective on American poetry From Anne Bradstreet to Adrienne Rich and James Merrill, Selinger contends, American poets have seen issues in poetics the poem between us as inextricable frWhat is it then between us Walt Whitman asks in Crossing Brooklyn Ferry In this generous, imaginative study, Eric Murphy Selinger uses Whitman s question to open a welcome new perspective on American poetry From Anne Bradstreet to Adrienne Rich and James Merrill, Selinger contends, American poets have seen issues in poetics the poem between us as inextricable from questions of love Tracing the solitude of the American self, the difference between idolatrous and companionate affection, and the dream of an America of love, Selinger shows how such concerns can shape a poet s most intimate decisions about genre and form His prose illuminates not only well known love poets, including Emily Dickinson and William Carlos Williams, but also unexpected figures, notably Wallace Stevens and Mina Loy Like the poets he discusses, Selinger refuses to view love reductively Rather, he takes the impulse to debunk love as part of his subject, whether it crops up in Puritan theology or contemporary literary theory.

What Is It Then Between Us?: Traditions of Love in American Poetry Eric Murphy Selinger

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