Poetry of the Law : From Chaucer to the Present
Since the time of Blackstone's ""Farewell,"" poetry has been seen as celestial, pastoral, solitary, and mellifluous; law as venerable, social, urban, and cacophonous. This perception has persisted even to the present, with the bourgeoning field of law and literature focusing almost exclusively on fiction and drama. ""Poetry of the Law"", however, reveals the richness of poetry about the law. ""Poetry of the Law"" is the first serious anthology of law-related poetry ever published in the United States. As the editors make clear, though, serious need not imply solemn. Instead, David Kader and Michael Stanford have assembled a surprisingly capacious collection of 100 poems from the 1300s to the present. Set in courtrooms, lawyers' offices, law-school classrooms, and judges' chambers; peopled with attorneys, the imprisoned (both innocent and guilty), judges, jurors, witnesses, and law-enforcement officers; based on real events (think ""Scottsboro"") or exploring the complexity of abstract legal ideas; the poems celebrate justice or decry the lack of it, ranging in tone from witty to wry, sad to celebratory, funny to infuriating. ""Poetry of the Law"" is destined to become an authoritative source for years to come.
- Paperback | 234 pages
- 152.4 x 226.06 x 15.24mm | 362.87g
- 15 Mar 2010
- University of Iowa Press
- Iowa, United States
Until now there has been nothing like this collection. The poems included here have depth, both chronologically and topically, and Kader and Stanford have written an introduction that will appeal to scholars and nonscholars alike. I admire their choice of which poems to include and think that their discussion of why the book is necessary is intelligent and will whet the appetite of any reader. L. H. LaRue, author, "Constitutional Law as Fiction: Narrative in the Rhetoric of Authority"" " "
About David Kader
David Kader is a professor at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, and an affiliate faculty member of the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. He holds a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law and an LL.M. from the University of London. Michael Stanford is an attorney in the Office of the Maricopa County Public Defender, Phoenix, Arizona. He holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. He has published poetry as well as a number of articles on Renaissance and modern literature.