The Defective Art of Poetry

Sappho to Yeats

  • Authors
  • Benjamin Bennett

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction

    1. Benjamin Bennett
      Pages 1-10
  3. Elemental Poetry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Benjamin Bennett
      Pages 13-30
  4. Meter and Meaning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
    2. Benjamin Bennett
      Pages 55-82
  5. The Symbolist Move

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
  6. The Political Dimension

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. Benjamin Bennett
      Pages 165-183
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 185-199

About this book


Treating the work of Sappho, Goethe, Blake, Hölderlin, Verlaine, George, Mörike, and Yeats in detail, Bennett makes the provocative argument that the nature of lyric poetry in the West has an element of defectiveness. This study delves into the irresolvable conflict between a poem's guise as quasi-architectural stasis and quasi-musical kinesis.


Goethe Johann Wolfgang von Goethe lyric poem poetry William Blake William Butler Yeats William Wordsworth Wordsworth

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