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A Study Guide for Carolyn Kizer's "To An Unknown Poet"

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A Study Guide for Carolyn Kizer's "To An Unknown Poet"

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24 pagine
14 minuti
Pubblicato:
Aug 26, 2016
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9781535841221
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A Study Guide for Carolyn Kizer's "To An Unknown Poet," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Poetry for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Poetry for Students for all of your research needs.
Pubblicato:
Aug 26, 2016
ISBN:
9781535841221
Formato:
Libro

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To an Unknown Poet

Carolyn Kizer

1986

Introduction

To an Unknown Poet, was first published in Michigan Quarterly Review and subsequently appeared in Carolyn Kizer's 1986 collection, The Nearness of You. It is included in a section of poems called Friends, which contains numerous poems about, and dedicated to, other poets. In the poem, Kizer, a much decorated and Pulitzer-Prize winning poet, ironically compares the successful life of a much-decorated poet with the life of an unsuccessful and struggling poet. Kizer wrote the poem shortly after winning the Pulitzer Prize for her collection Yin: New Poems. In simple, straightforward language, the speaker addresses a poor poet who comes to visit her, making excuses for why she does not have time for him, and then later telling him about an award she is about to receive. Her response addresses issues including the place of poetry in American society, the role of the poet, and the nature of literary fame. Kizer's poem appeared at a time when more poetry is produced and published—in print, on the web, etc.—and more poetry readings are given than perhaps at any other time in American history. It also comes at a time when, even though an increasing number

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