The Fourth Dimension of a Poem: And Other Essays

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In the year of his one-hundredth birthday, pre-eminent literary critic, scholar and teacher M.H. Abrams brings us a collection of nine new and recent essays that challenge the reader to think about poetry in new ways. In these essays, three of them never before published, Abrams engages afresh with pivotal figures in intellectual and literary history, among them Kant, Keats and Hazlitt. The centrepiece of the volume is Abrams's eloquent and incisive essay "The Fourth Dimension of a Poem" on the pleasure of reading poems aloud, accompanied by online recordings of Abrams's revelatory readings of poems such as William Wordsworth's "Surprised by Joy", Alfred Tennyson's "Here Sleeps the Crimson Petal" and Ernest Dowson's "Cynara". The collection begins with a foreword by Abrams's former student Harold Bloom.

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"A simple new approach to poems has come upon us; it may free us from the knotweeds of theory, obscure discourse or self-delighting ideologies that now guard poems. [...] [I]nnovative and vivid." --Times Higher Education

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M.H. Abrams is the Class of 1916 Professor of English, Emeritus, at Cornell University and the founding editor emeritus of The Norton Anthology of English Literature.

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