113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Poetry and Poetics I

Session Chair: 
Richard E. Hishmeh, Palomar College
Session 8: Saturday 1:45-3:15pm
Salon III (ET)
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  1. April Anderson, Claremont Graduate University
    Victorian women poets use the voice of Sappho to create a persona that is assertive, full of agency, and challenging to traditional views of women’s writing, thus giving both Sappho and the Victorian poetess a subversive voice among nineteenth-century poets, one that challenges patriarchal notions of women’s place in society.
  2. Arpi Movsesian, University of California, Santa Barbara
    This paper is an explication of the history and the quest of love that the Troubadours  portrayed through their songs and poetry. This love is spiritualized in later centuries, most noticeably in Dante and Petrarch’s works, and later revitalized in its sensual form in Shakespeare. 
  3. Erienne Romaine, Metropolitan State University of Denver
    This work explores the degree to which John Keats’s poetic project may be understood in terms of achieving martyrdom. Keats embraces suffering as he imagines himself to be a philosopher and a healer, as well as a poet. His suffering is created by the tension that exists between his attempted physician-like disinterestedness and the inherently subjective (and often sensuous) nature of his ouvre.
  4. Michael Joseph Walsh, University of Denver
     In “Negative Capability and Its Children,” Charles Simic identifies two primary traditions of “negatively capable” modern poetry: the Dada or Surrealist tradition and the “imagist” tradition of Pound, Williams, and Olson. In this paper I will show that in Simic’s “imagist” tradition, the encompassing metaphor for what a poem is is that of the poem as a kind of “charged” magic object or “negatively capable machine.”
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