Intrapoetic Relationships

A Meditation upon Priority, and a Synopsis This short book offers a theory of poetry by way of a description of poetic influence, or the story of intra-poetic relationships. One aim of this theory is corrective to de-idealize our accepted accounts of how one poet helps to form another. Another aim, also corrective, is to try to provide a poetics that will foster a more adequate practical criticism. Poetic history, in this book's argument, is held to be indistinguishable from poetic influence,...