By Philip Metres

ISBN-10: 0877459983

ISBN-13: 9780877459989

Even if Thersites in Homer’s Iliad, Wilfred Owen in “Dulce et Decorum Est,” or Allen Ginsberg in “Wichita Vortex Sutra,” poets have lengthy given solitary voice opposed to the brutality of warfare. The hasty cancellation of the 2003 White condominium symposium “Poetry and the yank Voice” within the face of protests through Sam Hamill and different invited visitors opposed to the arrival “shock and awe” crusade in Iraq reminded us that poetry and poets nonetheless have the ability to problem the robust.     at the back of the strains investigates American warfare resistance poetry from the second one international struggle throughout the Iraq wars. instead of easily chronicling the style, Philip Metres argues that this poetry will get to the center of who's licensed to talk about warfare and the way it may be represented. As such, he explores a principally overlooked region of scholarship: the poet’s dating to dissenting political events and the state.     In his dependent examine, Metres examines the ways that struggle resistance is registered not just by way of its content material but additionally on the point of the lyric. He proposes that protest poetry constitutes a subgenre that—by advantage of its preoccupation with politics, heritage, and trauma—probes the bounds of yank lyric poetry. therefore, struggle resistance poetry—and the function of what Shelley calls unacknowledged legislators—is a vital, although principally unexamined, physique of writing that stands on the middle of dissident political pursuits.

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Nadel argues that Caulfield’s rhetoric (and, like Lowell, his madness) works as the political unconscious of the McCarthyist period, when the ideology of containment dominated American culture—a time of intense social regulation and conformity, professional loyalty oaths, confessions of past robert lowell’s refusals 33 complicity with leftist political organizations, and accusations of others’ complicity. The House Un-American Activities Committee conducted 51 anticommunist investigations in 1953 and 1954 alone (Engelhardt 126).

As a source of metaphors for understanding aspects of the public world” (4). At the center of Life Studies, the poem recounts a midlife crisis, an individual’s and a country’s, in the middle of the bloodiest of centuries: “these are the tranquillized Fifties, / and I am forty” (CPoems 187). Moreover, the poem creates an insurmountable opposition, in the tradition of Yeats’s “Easter 1916” and Auden’s “September 1, 1939,” between the objector’s “seedtime” experience of refusing to go to war—one of many solipsistic acts in the poem—and his present, almost infantilized position as an academic.

In this final section, I read Lowell’s “Memories” against other war resisters’ recollections of West Street and Danbury—Lowell Naeve’s A Field of Broken Stones and Jim Peck’s Underdogs vs Upperdogs—tracking the possibilities of a poetics of war resistance, and in particular, interrogating the primacy of certain canonized texts over forgotten ones. Some striking comparisons and equally striking contrasts become immediately evident. First, the resisters’ reasons for refusing to serve emerge from different circumstances: Lowell’s Just War principles, Naeve’s anarchism, and Peck’s anti-imperialism.

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