An iconoclastic intellectual and author of Sexual Personae celebrates the great poetry of the Western tradition as she looks at diverse works by poets ranging from Shakespeare and Dickinson to Plath, Hughes, and other unconventional poets. 50,000 first printing.
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: Break, Blow, Burn: Camille Paglia Reads Forty-three of the Worldâs Best Poems
is destined to become a landmark. In it, Americaâs premier intellectual provocateur explores and celebrates a series of great poems of the Western tradition, including some surprising discoveries of her own. She brings new energy and insight to our understanding of poems we already know, such as masterpieces by Shakespeare, Donne, Shelley, Dickinson, Lowell, and Plath. She leads us to appreciate the artistry of writers with whom we may not be familiar, such as Chuck Wachtel and Wanda Coleman. And she hails the songwriter Joni Mitchell as a major contemporary poet.
Daring, erudite, entertaining, and infused throughout with Pagliaâs inimitable style and passion, this beautifully written bookââand the dazzling mind behind itââwill entice readers to begin or renew a passionate engagement with poetry.