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By Oren Izenberg

"Because it's not that i am silent," George Oppen wrote, "the poems are bad." What does it suggest for the goodness of an artwork to depend on its disappearance? In Being Numerous, Oren Izenberg deals a brand new strategy to comprehend the divisions that set up twentieth-century poetry. He argues that an important clash isn't really among types or aesthetic politics, yet among poets who search to maintain or produce the incommensurable particularity of expertise via making strong gadgets, and poets whose radical dedication to summary personhood turns out altogether incompatible with experience--and with poems.

Reading around the obvious gulf that separates conventional and avant-garde poets, Izenberg unearths the typical philosophical urgency that lies at the back of varied sorts of poetic difficulty--from Yeats's esoteric symbolism and Oppen's minimalism and silence to O'Hara's cheerful slightness and the Language poets' rejection of conventional aesthetic satisfactions. For those poets, what starts off as a realistic query concerning the behavior of literary life--what distinguishes a poet or staff of poets?--ends up as an ontological inquiry approximately social lifestyles: what's someone and the way is a neighborhood attainable? within the face of the violence and dislocation of the 20th century, those poets face up to their will to mastery, draw back from the sensual richness in their most powerful paintings, and undermine the particularity in their ingenious and ethical visions--all so that it will permit personhood itself to become an indisputable fact making an unrefusable claim.

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