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Auden International: Place, Language, and Cold-War Poetry

QUINN, J. Auden International: Place, Language, and Cold-War Poetry. In The Rainbow of American Poetry : Proceedings of the 18th International Colloquium of American Studies. Olomouc: Palacký University, 2014. s. 157-184. ISBN: 978-80-244-4360-7
Jazyk publikace: eng
Anglický název: Auden International: Place, Language, and Cold-War Poetry
Rok vydání: 2014
Místo konání: Olomouc
Název zdroje: Palacký University
Autoři: Doc. Justin Quinn
Abstrakt CZ: Článek se zabývá poezií W. H. Audena z období Studené války. Snážil se tvořit básnický hlas, který by jednak mluvil epochálně a globálně, a jednak se zakotvil v jednom místě a času (např Rakousko, místa kde si koupil dům v malé vesnici Kirchstettenu).
Abstrakt EN: This essay argues that there is a tension in W. H. Auden’s postwar poetry between his desire to speak for his epoch and his imaginative engagement in the particular landscapes and cultures of Ischia and Kirchstetten, where he had summer houses. He employed his “epochal” style (the construction of a universal self, references to generic land- and cityscapes that blur national distinctions, his assumption that certain crises and preoccupations are shared across the globe, his development of what John Fuller refers to as a “generalized symbolic form” in his poetry), in major sequences such as “Thanksgiving for a Habitat” and “Bucolics.” Countering this was his involvement in the local culture of Kirchstetten, as evidenced for instance in poems like “Whitsunday in Kirchstetten,” “Elegy,” and “Josef Weinheber.” These poems are indices of conflicting forces in his imagination: the ambition to write an all-encompassing poetry of the “age” and the “world,” and an attention to the details of existence that cannot easily be inducted into the former.
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