By Diana Fuss

In Dying Modern, one in all our most well known literary critics evokes new how you can learn, write, and discuss poetry. Diana Fuss does so through deciding upon 3 special yet principally unrecognized voices in the well-studied style of the elegy: the demise voice, the reviving voice, and the surviving voice. via her deft readings of recent poetry, Fuss unveils the dramatic in the elegiac: the loss of life diva who relishes an exceptional deathbed scene, the conversing corpse who fancies an excellent haunting, and the departing lover who delights in a dramatic exit.

Focusing totally on American and British poetry written up to now centuries, Fuss continues that poetry can nonetheless provide real moral reimbursement, even for the deep wounds and surprising banalities of contemporary demise. As loss of life, loss, and grief develop into ever extra completely obscured from public view, the useless begin chattering away in verse. via daring, unique interpretations of little-known works, in addition to canonical poems via writers similar to Emily Dickinson, Randall Jarrell, Elizabeth Bishop, Richard Wright, and Sylvia Plath, Fuss explores sleek poetry's fascination with pre- and postmortem speech, considering the literary wish to make dying communicate within the face of its cultural silencing.

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