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

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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 Francesco Parmigianino? In Invisible Listeners , Helen Vendler argues that such poets must invent the language that will enact, on the page, an intimacy they lack in life. Through ...

Invisible Listeners: Lyric Intimacy in Herbert, Whitman, and Ashbery 2007, Princeton University Press

ISBN-13: 9780691134741

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Invisible Listeners: Lyric Intimacy in Herbert, Whitman, and Ashbery 2005, Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ

ISBN-13: 9780691116181

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