The Poetics of Indeterminacy: Rimbaud to Cage

In her seminal study, first published in 1981, Marjorie Perloff argues that the map of Modernist poetry needs to be redrawn to include a central tradition which cannot properly be situated within the Romantic Symbolist tradition dominating the early twentieth century.
The Poetics of Indeterminacy Rimbaud to Cage In her seminal study first published in Marjorie Perloff argues that the map of Modernist poetry needs to be redrawn to include a central tradition which cannot properly be situated within the

  • Title: The Poetics of Indeterminacy: Rimbaud to Cage
  • Author: Marjorie Perloff
  • ISBN: 9780810117648
  • Page: 439
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Poetics of Indeterminacy: Rimbaud to Cage”

    1. Suddenly the real history of poetry! Perloff is so kind and considerate to give a language to the style Ashbery uses (oh sure and Beckett and Williams and Stein)--a language I've found it hard to access when trying to describe it to others. But most of all, she is the Incredible Hulk in bringing to light systems of image and that self-referencing they do in all these writers. Oh, OH!

    2. Among the many poets whose works are discussed in The Poetics of Indeterminacy, the most prominent are: Arthur Rimbaud, Gertrude Stein, William Carlos Williams, Ezra Pound, Samuel Beckett, John Ashbery, John CageArthur RimbaudThere is no real precedent for the anti-paysage of the Illuminations. The first thing to say about the "cities" evoked in "Les Ponts" and "Métropolitain," in "Parade" and "Promontoire," is that, in the words of Rimbaud's "Barbare," "elles n'existent pas." These dream lands [...]

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