By Kim Stafford, William Stafford
"In our time there was no poet who revived human hearts and spirits extra convincingly than William Stafford." —Naomi Shihab Nye
Some time whilst the river is ice ask me
mistakes i've got made. question me whether
what i've got performed is my life.
—from "Ask Me"
In occasion of the poet's centennial, Ask Me collects 100 of William Stafford's crucial poems. As a conscientious objector in the course of global battle II, whereas assigned to Civilian Public carrier camps Stafford begun his day-by-day writing perform, a lifelong early-morning ritual of witness. His poetry finds the implications of violence, the day-by-day necessity of ethical judgements, and the bounty of paintings. chosen and with a observe by means of Kim Stafford, Ask Me provides the easiest from a profound and unique American voice.
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Delighting to contemplate similar volitions and passions as manifested in the goings on of the Universe, and habitually impelled to create them where he does not find them" (1966: 48). For Wordsworth the poet is an extraordinary individual endowed with refined senses that enable him to perceive those dimensions of reality to which common man is blind. Through his superior knowledge of human nature he creates for himself a more meaningful and happier existence, and most important, by his unique faculties he fashions beauty wherever it is lacking.
Shelley views artistry and composition with skepticism, since they threaten to enervate the natural, immediate, and authentic process of artistic creation. As a point of contrast, compare these ideas with those of Poe's in the discussion that follows. For an analysis of the Derridean notion of writing as it relates to the modern Greek context, see my paper "The Politics of Criticism: Deconstruction, Kazantzakis, 'Literature,' " Journal ofByzantine and Modern Greek Studies 9 (1984-85). 161— 86. org/terms Poet The conclusions emerging from the analysis of "Kaisarion" can be situated in the postromantic poetic/theoretical discourse that sought novel ways to delineate the notions of the poet and poetry.
That is, they may be seen as a reaction against both social pressures and the theoretical demands for a morally and socially responsible art. The artist in Cavafy renounces his social duty in order to devote himself exclusively to his craft, which he regards as the supreme human activity. This attitude is best expressed by the way the artist of "For the Shop" (1913) views and treats his work: He wrapped them up carefully, neatly, in expensive green silk. Roses of rubies, lilies of pearl, violets of amethyst: according to his taste, his will, his vision of their beauty—not as he saw them in nature or studied them.