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This article is taken from PN Review 137, Volume 27 Number 3, January - February 2001.

A Centenary Portfolio: 2: Poetry: Some Considerations Incidental & Fundamental Laura (Riding) Jackson

'Poetry: Some Considerations Incidental and Fundamental... ' is undated but was written before 1982. The typescript is held in the Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection, New York Public Library. It was part of the material Laura (Riding) Jackson was assembling for her Book on Poetry'; a large selection from that material is soon to be published as The Failure of Poetry. 'The Answer', also undated but composed most likely in the late 1960s or early 1970s, is the penultimate piece in a substantial collection of essays by Laura (Riding) Jackson titled Under the Mind's Watch, a typescript of which is held at the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections Cornell University Library. These hitherto unpublished pieces appear here to mark the centenary of her birth. They are published by permission of the Laura (Riding) Jackson Board of Literary Management, and with the additional permissions of the Berg Collection of English and American Literature, The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations and of Cornell University Library respectively.

Poetry: Some Considerations Incidental And Fundamental To Envisagement Of What Poetry Is - And Has Been Thought To Be


What is it that is done in the poetic use of words that excites minds to which the processes of poetic word-use are strange, all-remote from their word-practice, to theoretical characterization of poetic word-use as, categorically, strange? They posit, that is, as the ...

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