The Collected Poems of Charles Olson

The Collected Poems of Charles Olson A seminal figure in post World War II literature Charles Olson has helped define the postmodern sensibility His poetry is marked by an almost limitless range of interest and extraordinary depth of fe

  • Title: The Collected Poems of Charles Olson
  • Author: Charles Olson
  • ISBN: 9780520057647
  • Page: 259
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A seminal figure in post World War II literature, Charles Olson has helped define the postmodern sensibility His poetry is marked by an almost limitless range of interest and extraordinary depth of feeling With The Collected Poems an even impressive Olson emerges This volume brings together all of Olson s work and extends the poetic accomplishment that influenced aA seminal figure in post World War II literature, Charles Olson has helped define the postmodern sensibility His poetry is marked by an almost limitless range of interest and extraordinary depth of feeling With The Collected Poems an even impressive Olson emerges This volume brings together all of Olson s work and extends the poetic accomplishment that influenced a generation.

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    1. The poems Olson published in his lifetime were a fraction of what he wrote. In this volume, editor George Butterick interleafs nearly all the surviving typescripts with the poems from Olson's previously published collections, creating a giant single edition that runs to over 600 pages. On the plus side, you get the chance to discover a new Olson through reading his poems, most published here for the first time, in the order he wrote them. The downside is that the "historical" Olson, who along wi [...]

    2. Fabulous collection of Olson's poems (not including Maximus). To see it all spread out here, how enormous his concerns were (historical, ecological, mythic, political), one almost forgot how good Olson's poems were technically. I had spent so much time trying to decipher Maximus that I had forgotten how satisfying the shorter poems were. The Distances, for example, The Librarian, The Lordly & Isolate Satyrs, lots of very short ones, too. The book itself is a wonder, too. Typographically, the [...]

    3. The collection of poems is good, but given Olson's insistence on the importance of layout to the meaning of the poem, it's unfortunate that it is impossible to tell how the original poems would have appeared.

    4. (2.2/5.0) Olson is constantly shattering barriers to expression and that means that antecedent forms and traditions are his sounding boards rather than his foundations-- his work is always bold, but only occasionally interesting.

    5. Sue and Seamus gave us this book after our visit to Gloucester. I don't really know what to make of most of it, but i like it. For some reason, the Fable for Slumber resonated. I love that he can speak of so much that's 'classical' and all the while in the mechanic's garage

    6. This is everything he has ever penned-a true underestimated master of verse. A must have for any student of poetry

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