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John Donne and the Line of Wit free pdf This is a study of influence, adaptation, and historical imitation and invention. In his own time, Donne was celebrated for his distinctive style, especially for what his contemporaries recognized as 'strong lines', that is, witty conceits or unusual, often unexpected and surprising comparisons. His imitators seldom managed to write with similar success. Donne's 'metaphysical wit' fell out of fashion in the later seventeenth century, not to be significantly explored and revived until the early twentieth century, and then notably by the modernist movement in the years that followed Eliot's "Waste Land" (1922). Among the most important and earliest of poets and critics to respond to this movement are the self-styled Fugitives of the southern United States. As 'fugitives' they stood against what seemed old and shop-worn language, and they gave their name and talent to the literary journal published at Vanderbilt University from 1922-25: "The Fugitive" provided an outlet for the work of John Crowe Ransom, Robert Penn Warren, Allen Tate, and others, who discovered a 'new' modernism that might be shaped out of the 'old' metaphysical mode of Donne.

About Paul G. Stanwood

P G Stanwood, Professor Emeritus of English at the University of British Columbia, is the former president of the John Donne Society of America, with a special interest in Renaissance poetry and its continuing influence on contemporary writing.

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Author : Paul G. Stanwood
Publisher : Ronsdale Press
Data Published : 06 May 2009
ISBN : 1553800656
EAN : 9781553800651
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 42 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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