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The Critical PulseThirty-Six Credos by Contemporary Critics$
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Jeffrey Williams and Heather Steffen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231161152

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231161152.001.0001

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The Critical Pulse

Stephen Burt

Columbia University Press

This chapter presents the author's thoughts about criticism and literature. Among these are that people have ideas and experiences, and these ideas and experiences are subjects of immediate and sustained interest in literary writing; that there are kinds of poetry, and in particular a kind or super-kind (a set of kinds) called lyric, in which poems represent the individual; that some of the most fascinating poetry of recent decades asserts, or seems to assert, that its characteristic forms and modes reflect our uneasy dependence on, even our emergence from, systems much larger and more interesting than we are; and that poems should have something personal and something impersonal about them at the same time.

Keywords:   literary critics, criticism, poems, poetry

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