Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Great Regulars: Criticism now appears mainly in prose,

but in eighteenth-century Britain, and in Augustan Rome, a lot of criticism appeared as verse. I'm not interested in making hard-and-fast distinctions between poets' and scholars' criticism. A lot of these differences arise because of a writer's imagined audience: is she writing within the academy, for the general reader, other writers? For a deadline next week? To defend her own work or to offer a broader defense of poetry, like Shelley's?

from The Barnes and Noble Review: Madness and Marginalia: Maureen McLane on "My Poets"


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