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Poets Thinking: Pope, Whitman, Dickinson, Yeats


Poetry has often been considered an irrational genre, more expressive than logical, more meditative than given to coherent argument. Yet Vendler argues that, although they may prefer different means, all poets of any value are thinkers. The four poets taken up in this volume--Alexander Pope, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and William Butler Yeats--come from three centuries and three nations, and their styles of thinking are characteristically idiosyncratic.

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