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From: The Contemporary Narrative Poem: Critical Crosscurrents[(essay date 2012) In the following excerpt, Shaw compares four historical poems by different poets, including Hoffman’s Brotherly Love, pointing out that a “crucial component” of that work is the “depressing story” of...
From: The Pluralistic Philosophy of Stephen Crane[(essay date 1993) In the following excerpt, Dooley examines Crane's poetry and contends that the author's philosophy is theistic, not nihilistic, agnostic, or atheist, as it is often characterized by critics.] I...
From: Negative Capability[(essay date 1987) In the following interview, conducted in September 1986, Hoffman considers poetic influences throughout his career. Reflecting on his relationship to poets from the Romantic period through his...
From: Georgia Review[(essay date 1997) In the following excerpt, Chappell describes the complicated plot and large cast of interacting characters in Middens of the Tribe as Dickensian. He argues that the “coincidences” of the plot are used...
From: Arizona Quarterly[(essay date 1999) In the following essay, Richards discusses Poe's strategies for coping with the encroachment by women poets in the nineteenth-century poetic arena formerly reserved for men.] ... forms that no man...
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