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A Field Guide to the Poetry of Theodore Roethke
edited by William Barillas
Ohio University Press, 2002
eISBN: 978-0-8040-4116-4 | Paper: 978-0-8040-1231-7


A constellation of essays that reanimates the work of this pivotal twentieth-century American poet for a new century.

This volume is the first to reconsider Roethke’s work in terms of the expanded critical approaches to literature that have emerged since his death in 1963. The forty-four contributors include highly respected literary scholars, critics, and writers, such as Peter Balakian, Camille Paglia, Jay Parini, and David Wojahn, who collectively make a case for Roethke’s poetry as a complete, unified, and evolving body of work. The accessible essays employ a number of approaches, including formalism, ecocriticism, reader-response, and feminist critique to explicate the poetics, themes, and the biographical, historical, cultural, and literary contexts of Roethke’s work.

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