Invisible Listeners: Lyric Intimacy in Herbert, Whitman, and Ashbery

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Invisible Listeners: Lyric Intimacy in Herbert, Whitman, and Ashbery - Vendler, Helen

When a poet addresses a living person--whether friend or enemy, lover or sister--we recognize the expression of intimacy. But what impels poets to leap across time and space to speak to invisible listeners, seeking an ideal intimacy--George Herbert with God, Walt Whitman with a reader in the future, John Ashbery with the Renaissance painter ...

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