Adams returns to the idea that poetry is challenging--not just in the sense of "difficult," but in that it continually "challenges us to confront and pass through offense to active mental involvement." The book ranges across the landscape of traditional literary criticism, from Plato and Aristotle to Blake, Yeats, and Seamus Heaney, ending on a light note to examine the "great bad poetry" of William McGonnagall. It contains insights for the fields of intellectual history and the philosophy of aesthetics as well as literary ...

The Offense of Poetry 2007, University of Washington Press, Seattle

ISBN-13: 9780295987590

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