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A Sun within a Sun: The Power and Elegance of Poetry (Paperback)
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A Sun within a Sun: The Power and Elegance of Poetry (Paperback)

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Paperback 240 Pages / Published: 30/06/2007
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A Sun within a Sun is a sustained poetic reflection on the enterprise of poetry, on what poetry is and might be, not only for poet and theorist but also for reader, critic, teacher, and student. It sees poetry as life at its most genuine. Citing Baudelaire and Mallarme as principal examples, but drawing on a wide range of canonical poets and thinkers, Claire Chi-ah Lyu challenges contemporary poetic theory, using precise and acute deconstruction of poetic imagery to reconstruct language so that it celebrates both meaning and beauty. ""A Sun within a Sun"" seeks a shaping of form and content that discovers poetry as power, as a practice of life that honors and makes possible both thought and feeling.

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
ISBN: 9780822959717
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 336 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Both erudite and creative, insightful and challenging, A Sun Within a Sun is a model of the 'living scholarship' that its author believes all good poetry inspires."
--Dalhousie French Studies
"The beauty of [Lyu's] work is in the details, in the wide range of unexpected references, in the freshness of her approach to canonical texts like Baudelaire's 'La Beaute.'"
--Nineteenth-Century French Studies
"The project of this engaging book is the rehabilitation of the terms 'beauty' and 'meaning' in a poststructuralist age. Lyu is well acquainted with theory, and she makes abundant use of Gilles Deleuze, Walter Benjamin, and Maurice Blanchot. Her real inspiration, however, comes from French poets like Baudelaire and Mallarm . She makes fascinating use of Baudelaire's writings on hashish and Mallarm 's bizarre attempt to edit a fashion magazine . . . this book will prove to be a stimulating resource for those interested in French literature or aesthetics."
--Choice

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