The Demon and the Angel: Searching for the Source of Artistic Inspiration

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An exploration of the source of artistic inspiration in poets, jazz musicians, writers...From Rimbaud to Lorca, Hirsch examines the emotional power of creativity and its results, covering the creation of music and poetry in a completely original way. This power is called "duende", a Spanish word meaning roughly "dark angel", and is the force that inspires artists to create their most powerful works.

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PRAISE FOR"HOW TO READ A POEM""Laudable . . . The answer Hirsch gives to the question of How to Read a Poem is: Ecstatically."--"The Boston Book Review""A lovely book, full of joy and wisdom."--"The Baltimore Sun""Hirsch takes us forcefully through his love of verse, with welcome technical asides and biographical detours along the way."--"Publishers Weekly""Hirsch, a truly gifted poet and scholar, brings the full heat of his literary passion to this enlightening and deeply moving journey into the heart of poetry."--"Booklist""Hirsch is so steeped in literature, painting, and music, and so voracious in his pursuit of the revelations art delivers, that he's able to articulate the seemingly ineffable through brillant critical analyses and empathic insights into artists' lives....[a] unique, exhilarating, and virtuosic performance." -"Booklist"

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Book Description Harcourt, 2002. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Contents Preface-xi Only Mystery - 1 Invoking the Duende - 3 Poetic Fact - 5 A Mysterious Power - 8 The Hidden Spirit of Disconsolate Spain - 13 An Apprenticeship - 19 Between Eros and Thanatos - 29 The Majesty of the Incomprehensible - 35 A Spectacular Meteor - 39 Swooping In - 45 Ardent Struggle, Endless Vigil - 49 The Black Paintings - 55 The Intermediary - 58 Yeats's Daimon - 65 Ars Poetica? - 72 A Passionate Ingredient - 76 The Yearning Cry of a Shade - 80 I Sing You, Wild Chasm - 85 Night Work - 91 Vegetable Life, Airy Spirit - 96 A Person Must Control His Thoughts in a Dream - 101 The Angelic World - 109 The Story of Jacob's Wrestling with an Angel - 118 Concerning the Angels - 126 The Rilkean Angel - 132 Angel, Still Groping - 141 The New Angel - 147 Three American Angels - 152 Demon or Bird! - 157 Between Two Contending Forces - 162 The Sublime Is Now - 166 In the Painting - 171 Paint It Black - 178 Motherwell's Black - 184 Deaths and Entrances - 191 Ancient Music and Fresh Forms - 196 America Heard in Rhythm - 202 Hey, I'm American, So I Played It - 207 Fending Off the Duende - 213 The Existentialist Flatfoot Floogie - 220 Poet in New York - 222 Where Is the Angel? Where Is the Duende? - 229 Notes - 231 Reading List: The Pleasure of the Text - 279 Acknowledgments - 303 Permissions Acknowledgments - 304 Index - 309. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0151005389

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