The poetry of Robert Duncan

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Steven Jeffrey Jones (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: The poetry of Robert Duncan is basically derivative in character: that is, composed in accord with certain tenets selected from the tradition he uniquely forms and recognizes. Yet the changing aspect of that tradition, and the poet's imaginative re-interpretation of both stylistic and visionary concepts derived from Blake, Whitman, Pound and Charles Olson, among others, has made his work often seem at once innovative, erudite and, perhaps, deceptively complex. His interests in manifestation of the creative will, mythography and occult knowledge remain almost constant; but the face of his work changes from a meditative, highly rhetorical style to a more fragmented style that purportedly records the process of intuition and psychic perception. In his later poetry there is a fundamental interdependence between the organic principles of form he adopts and the metaphysical range of his vision.

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Language: English
Date: 1976
Duncan, Robert, $d 1919-1988 $x Criticism and interpretation
Duncan, Robert, $d 1919-1988 $x Technique

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