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Includes bibliographical references (pages 109-118) and index.
The Resistance to Poetry -- The End of the Line -- Forms of Disjunction -- Song and Story -- Untidy Activity -- The Spokenness of Poetry -- The Other Hand -- Leaving Things Out -- Composed Wonder.
Poems convey knowledge, argues Longenbach, but do so in forms that work against their being facile vehicles for the efficient transmission of knowledge. This self-resistance is the source of the reader's pleasure: we read poetry not to escape difficulty but to embrace it.
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