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  • Children’s Literature: A Reader’s History, from Aesop to Harry Potter

    Children’s Literature
    Seth Lerer

  • How Poems Think

    How Poems Think
    Reginald Gibbons

  • The Poet’s Freedom: A Notebook on Making

    The Poet’s Freedom
    Susan Stewart

  • The Lost Second Book of Aristotle’s

    The Lost Second Book of Aristotle’s “Poetics”
    Walter Watson


Essays on Poetry and Valuing

Allen Grossman


Allen Grossman

208 pages
11 halftones
6 x 9
© 2009

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True-Love is the fulfillment of revered poet-critic Allen Grossman’s long service to poetry in the interests of humanity.  Poetry’s singular mission is to bind love and truth together—love that desires the beloved’s continued life, knotted with the truth of life’s contingency—to help make us more present to each other.

In the spirit of Blake’s vow of “mental fight,” Grossman contends with challenges to the validity of the poetic imagination, from Adorno’s maxim “No poetry after Auschwitz,” to the claims of religious authority upon truth, and the ultimate challenge posed by the fact of death itself. To these challenges he responds with eloquent and rigorous arguments, drawing on wide resources of learning and his experience as master-poet and teacher. Grossman’s readings of Wordsworth, Hart Crane, Paul Celan, and others focus on poems that interrogate the real or enact the hard bargains that literary representation demands. True-Love is destined to become an essential book wherever poetry and criticism sustain one another.

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Poetry and Enlightenment (Kant on Orientation,

Whitman on the Brooklyn Ferry, and Celan on the Meridian)

Hard Problems in Poetry, Especially Valuing

Why Is Death in Arcadia? Poetic Process,

Literary Humanism, and the Example of Pastoral

The Passion of the Laocoön: Warfare of the

Religious against the Poetic Institution

Figuring the Real: Wordsworth’s “The Solitary Reaper”

On Communicative Difficulty in General and “Difficult” Poetry

in Particular: The Example of Hart Crane’s “The Broken Tower”

Coda: Teaching Literature in a Discredited Civilization:

A Talk for Teachers

NotesIndex of Names

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“[The essays] serve as apologias for poetry—and this alone makes the book interesting reading, particularly at this point in time, when the arts are frequently called on to defend their standing, inside the academy and out.”

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