The Demon and the Angel

The Demon and the Angel : Searching for the Source of Artistic Inspiration

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An exploration of the source of artistic inspiration in poets, jazz musicians, writers...From Rimbaud to Lorca, Hirsch examines the emotional power of creativity and its results, covering the creation of music and poetry in a completely original way. This power is called "duende", a Spanish word meaning roughly "dark angel", and is the force that inspires artists to create their most powerful works.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 146.6 x 216.9 x 28.4mm | 453.6g
  • Harcourt Brace International
  • Orlando, United States
  • English
  • 0151005389
  • 9780151005383

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PRAISE FOR"HOW TO READ A POEM""Laudable . . . The answer Hirsch gives to the question of How to Read a Poem is: Ecstatically."--"The Boston Book Review""A lovely book, full of joy and wisdom."--"The Baltimore Sun""Hirsch takes us forcefully through his love of verse, with welcome technical asides and biographical detours along the way."--"Publishers Weekly""Hirsch, a truly gifted poet and scholar, brings the full heat of his literary passion to this enlightening and deeply moving journey into the heart of poetry."--"Booklist""Hirsch is so steeped in literature, painting, and music, and so voracious in his pursuit of the revelations art delivers, that he's able to articulate the seemingly ineffable through brillant critical analyses and empathic insights into artists' lives....[a] unique, exhilarating, and virtuosic performance." -"Booklist"
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