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Things in Poems

From the Shield of Achilles to Hyperobjects

An exploration of the place of material objects in modern poetry.
In this volume, fifteen scholars and poets, from Austria, Britain, Czechia, France, Germany, Ireland, Lithuania, and Russia, explore the topic of things and objects in poetry written in a number of different languages and in different eras. The book begins with ancient poetry, then moves on to demonstrate the significance of objects in the Chinese poetic tradition. From there, the focus shifts to things and objects in the poetry of the twentieth and the twenty-first century, examining the work of Czech, Polish, and Russian poets alongside other key figures such as Rilke, Francis Ponge, William Carlos Williams, and Paul Muldoon. Along the way, the reader gets an introduction to key terms and phrases that have been associated with things in the course of poetic history, such as ekphrasis, objective lyricism. and hyperobjects.

340 pages | 13 line drawings | 6 1/2 x 8 3/4

Studia Poetica

Literature and Literary Criticism: General Criticism and Critical Theory

Table of Contents

Josef Hrdlicka: Introduction: Things in Words

A.Karel Thein: The Projected Heart: Ekphrasis, Material Imagination, and the Shield of Achilles
B.Michael Squire: Navigating Poetry as Object and Object as Poetry: Optatian Porfyry and the Ancient History of Dinggedichte
C.Zornica Kirkova and Olga Lomová: Beautiful Stones and Exotic Objects – Symbolism of “Things” in Early Medieval China
D.Alice Stašková: The Poetics of Things in the Didactic Poetry of Early German Enlightenment: Barthold Heinrich Brockes

A.Michel Collot: Francis Ponge’s Objective Lyricism
B.Anne Hultsch: In Mandelstam’s Kitchen
C.Jakub Hankiewicz: Two Polish Poems about Things
D.Josef Vojvodík: “Time’s seconds prominent arise / trembling in the façade”: A Look Back at Roman Architecture. “Il Gesù” by Milada Soucková
E.Pavel Novotný: The Poem as a Rotary Object. On texts by H. M. Enzensberger and H.C. Artmann
F.Julie Koblížková Wittlichová: Words becoming Objects: Things in Visual Poetry
G.Josef Hrdlicka: Things on an Island
H.Jaromír Typlt: The Brazenness of Things in Czech Surrealism of the 1960s
I.Dalia Satkauskyte: Thing in Modern Lithuanian Poetry: From Social Imprint to Metaphor of Subjectivity
J.Kirill Korchagin: Two Ekphrastic Strategies in Russian Poetry of the Latter 20th Century: “Emptiness” in the Works of Andrei Monastyrski and Arkadii Dragomoshchenko
K.Justin Quinn: Paul Muldoon’s Hyperobjects


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