Perhaps it is already clear that it is not war itself that Duncan considers evil, but rather its coercive implications in modern times…. How brilliantly he has shown the lie of his angry contemporaries in the classic calm of his inquiring poetic mind. The title of the work, The Opening of the Field, encapsulates the Robert duncan essays and scope of the collection.
What could have been more comforting to a man raised with prophecies of doom than the idea that language could mold the precarious material world into something more imaginatively durable?
Duncan reveled in weaving grandiose claims about the redemptive power of art, but he also admitted the limits of his own mind.
Often I Am Permitted to Return to a Meadow as if it were a scene made-up by the mind, that is not mine, but is a made place, that is mine, it is so near the heart… The meadow is almost like a scene made up by the mind.
At a time such as ours, when artists are either embattled or co-opted, either locked away in some ivory tower of their own invention or overtaken by market forces and political forces, Duncan argues for the most strenuous artistic ambitions as a dynamic democratic possibility.
It is poetry without a place. The same phrases conjure both cessation and continuation. The major themes that will he developed in all of his subsequent work are present here. When men gather together consecrated only to their security, their property, their protections and successes, there grows over their common hostilities, a hostility which is the nation.
The order that men would impose upon chaos would resemble a gridwork of regular lines—a graph-paper sky or a rectangular and "level" breadboard. First Poems,and wrote an introduction in which he explained their influences and origins.
Worlds out of Worlds in Magic grow. His aunt said that the soul was like a swarm of bees: Another project that The Opening of the Field initiates in its open organization is the possibility of an intertextual reading of many of its poems.
Duncan was fascinated by the sixth-century Welsh bard Taliesin who, in one of his most famous poems, chronicles the many different forms he has inhabited and which have informed him: Book reads like a clarion call. Battalions of words containing, like Russian dolls, other words inside them swarm around the queen.
He speaks it, and it speaks through him as poet; it is the order within which he experiences consciousness, both individual and universal, and also the agency through which he makes contact with his own and the collective unconscious.
Duncan, in so many ways, does battle for us all. Reach out and touch. Like Noah, he walks among the people and they are all talking about him and all afraid to believe what he says, to believe what they themselves see everywhere.
These things I know. Virginia Quarterly Review, Vol. Coherence and clarity one has learnt to forgo in his work. I, turning my verse, waiting for the rime, that know not the meaning of my name.
She was born one year minus one day after Duncan, on January 6, The only law the dance has is love of the Dance itself, which in practice means love of all persons and objects that are a part of it.
Or is he suggesting that all of this—the poem, the world, the redeeming Queen—are insubstantial as a dream? She it is Queen Under the Hill whose hosts are a disturbance of words within words that is a field folded. Politically he has no politics. As for rational syntax, good grammar, and correct idiom, these evidently give way to a higher value, fidelity to impulse, which Mr Duncan mistakes for fidelity to oneself.This volume in the Collected Writings of Robert Duncan series gathers a far-reaching selection of Robert Duncan's prose writings including most of his longer and more well-known essays along with other prose that has never been widely available.
Ranging in original publication dates between andthe forty-one titles reveal a great deal about Duncan. Robert Duncan () | Duncan's Life and Career | On Robert Duncan--by Michael Palmer | On "Often I Am Permitted to Return to a Meadow" | On.
Robert Edward Duncan (January 7, in Oakland, California– February 3, ) was an American poet and a devotee of H.D. and the Western esoteric tradition who spent most of his career in and around San Francisco. Though associated with any number of literary traditions and schools, Duncan is often identified with the poets of the New.
Essays and criticism on Robert Duncan - Critical Essays. Jul 23, · Essays and criticism on Robert Duncan - Duncan, Robert (Vol. 4). This volume in the Collected Writings of Robert Duncan series gathers a far-reaching selection of Robert Duncan’s prose writings including most of his longer and more well-known essays along with other prose that has never been widely available.
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