The Collected Poems of Charles Olson A seminal figure in post World War II literature Charles Olson has helped define the postmodern sensibility His poetry is marked by an almost limitless range of interest and extraordinary depth of fe

  • Title: The Collected Poems of Charles Olson
  • Author: Charles Olson
  • ISBN: 9780520057647
  • Page: 206
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A seminal figure in post World War II literature, Charles Olson has helped define the postmodern sensibility His poetry is marked by an almost limitless range of interest and extraordinary depth of feeling With The Collected Poems an even impressive Olson emerges This volume brings together all of Olson s work and extends the poetic accomplishment that influenced aA seminal figure in post World War II literature, Charles Olson has helped define the postmodern sensibility His poetry is marked by an almost limitless range of interest and extraordinary depth of feeling With The Collected Poems an even impressive Olson emerges This volume brings together all of Olson s work and extends the poetic accomplishment that influenced a generation.

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    1. Charles Olson says:

      Charles Olson was a second generation American modernist poet who was a link between earlier figures such as Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams and the New American poets, which includes the New York School, the Black Mountain School, the Beat poets, and the San Francisco Renaissance Consequently, many postmodern groups, such as the poets of the Language School, include Olson as a primary and precedent figure He described himself not so much as a poet or writer but as an archeologist of morning Olson s first book was Call Me Ishmael 1947 , a study of Herman Melville s novel Moby Dick which was a continuation of his M.A thesis from Wesleyan University 5 In Projective Verse 1950 , Olson called for a poetic meter based on the breath of the poet and an open construction based on sound and the linking of perceptions rather than syntax and logic The poem The Kingfishers , first published in 1949 and collected in his first book of poetry, In Cold Hell, in Thicket 1953 , is an application of the manifesto.His second collection, The Distances, was published in 1960 Olson served as rector of the Black Mountain College from 1951 to 1956 During this period, the college supported work by John Cage, Robert Creeley, Allen Ginsberg, Robert Duncan, Fielding Dawson, Cy Twombly, Jonathan Williams, Ed Dorn, Stan Brakhage and many other members of the 1950s American avant garde Olson is listed as an influence on artists including Carolee Schneemann and James Tenney 6 Olson s reputation rests in the main on his complex, sometimes difficult poems such as The Kingfishers , In Cold Hell, in Thicket , and The Maximus Poems, work that tends to explore social, historical, and political concerns His shorter verse, poems such as Only The Red Fox, Only The Crow , Other Than , An Ode on Nativity , Love , and The Ring Of , manifest a sincere, original, accessible, emotionally powerful voice Letter 27 withheld from The Maximus Poems weds Olson s lyric, historic, and aesthetic concerns Olson coined the term postmodern in a letter of August 1951 to his friend and fellow poet, Robert Creeley.In 1950, inspired by the example of Pound s Cantos though Olson denied any direct relation between the two epics , Olson began writing The Maximus Poems, a project that was to remain unfinished at the time of his death An exploration of American history in the broadest sense, Maximus is also an epic of place, Massachusetts and specifically the city of Gloucester where Olson had settled Dogtown, the wild, rock strewn centre of Cape Ann, next to Gloucester, is an important place in The Maximus Poems Olson used to write outside on a tree stump in Dogtown The whole work is also mediated through the voice of Maximus, based partly on Maximus of Tyre, an itinerant Greek philosopher, and partly on Olson himself The final, unfinished volume imagines an ideal Gloucester in which communal values have replaced commercial ones.



    2 thoughts on “The Collected Poems of Charles Olson

    1. The poems Olson published in his lifetime were a fraction of what he wrote. In this volume, editor George Butterick interleafs nearly all the surviving typescripts with the poems from Olson's previously published collections, creating a giant single edition that runs to over 600 pages. On the plus side, you get the chance to discover a new Olson through reading his poems, most published here for the first time, in the order he wrote them. The downside is that the "historical" Olson, who along wi [...]

    2. Fabulous collection of Olson's poems (not including Maximus). To see it all spread out here, how enormous his concerns were (historical, ecological, mythic, political), one almost forgot how good Olson's poems were technically. I had spent so much time trying to decipher Maximus that I had forgotten how satisfying the shorter poems were. The Distances, for example, The Librarian, The Lordly & Isolate Satyrs, lots of very short ones, too. The book itself is a wonder, too. Typographically, the [...]

    3. The collection of poems is good, but given Olson's insistence on the importance of layout to the meaning of the poem, it's unfortunate that it is impossible to tell how the original poems would have appeared.

    4. (2.2/5.0) Olson is constantly shattering barriers to expression and that means that antecedent forms and traditions are his sounding boards rather than his foundations-- his work is always bold, but only occasionally interesting.

    5. Sue and Seamus gave us this book after our visit to Gloucester. I don't really know what to make of most of it, but i like it. For some reason, the Fable for Slumber resonated. I love that he can speak of so much that's 'classical' and all the while in the mechanic's garage

    6. This is everything he has ever penned-a true underestimated master of verse. A must have for any student of poetry

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