James Merrill, Postmodern Magus

James Merrill, Postmodern Magus : Myth and Poetics

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In this meticulously researched, carefully argued work, Evans Lansing Smith argues that the nekyia, the circular Homeric narrative describing the descent into the underworld and reemergence in the same or similar place, confers shape and significance upon the entirety of James MerrillOCOs poetry. Smith illustrates how pervasive this myth is in MerrillOCOs work, not just in The Changing Light at Sandover, where it naturally serves as the central premise of the entire trilogy, but in all of the poetOCOs books, before and after that central text."
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  • Electronic book text | 277 pages
  • University of Iowa Press
  • Iowa City, United States
  • English
  • 1587297647
  • 9781587297649

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""James Merrill, Postmodern Magus" will make a substantial contribution to our understanding of this crucial poet. In particular, Smith's mastery of mythical themes, allusions, and nuances enables him to enrich our understanding of Merrill's densely mythical and allusive poems."--Don Adams, author, "James Merrill's Poetic Quest"
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