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Allen Grossman's combined reputation as a poet and as a professor of poetry gives him an unusual importance in the landscape of contemporary American poetry In this new collection Grossman revisits the Long Schoolroom of poetic principle where he eventually learned to reconsider the notion that poetry was cultural work of the kind that contributed unambiguously to the peace of the worldThe jist of what he learned of what his lessons taught him was in the sentence of Oliver Wendell Holmes Where most men have died there is the greatest interest According to Grossman violence arises not merely from the barbarian outside of the culture the poet serves but from the inner logic of that culture; not as he would now say from the defeat of cultural membership but from the terms of cultural membership itselfGrossman analyzes the bitter logic of the poetic principle as it is articulated in exemplary texts and figures including Bede's Caedmon and Milton But the heart of The Long Schoolroom is American ranging from essays on Whitman and Lincoln to an in depth review of the work of Hart Crane His final essays probe the example of postmodern Jewish and Christian poetry in this country most notably the work of Robert Lowell and Allen Ginsburg as it searches for an understanding of holiness in the production and control of violenceAllen Grossman is author of The Ether Dome and Other Poems New and Selected The Sighted Singer Two Works on Poetry for Readers and Writers with Mark Halliday and most recently The Philosopher's Window He is Mellon Professor in the Humanities at The Johns Hopkins University

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