THE DEMON AND THE ANGEL

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Pages: 96 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2002)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0156027441

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Editorial Reviews

“A wise, exhilarating book; Edward Hirsch is the most endearing of guides to the ecstasies of reading poetry.”


Susan Sontag

 

“Hirsch, a poet committed to elucidating the power of art, launched his ardent quest with How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry (1999) and now ventures into the very heart of the matter: the nature of artistic inspiration. An elusive subject to be sure, but Hirsch is so steeped in literature, painting, and music, and so voracious in his pursuit of the revelations art delivers, that he's able to articulate the seemingly ineffable through brilliant critical analyses and empathic insights into artists' lives. The overarching theme of this unique, exhilarating, and virtuosic performance is an extended definition of duende, "that indefinable force which animates different creators and infuses their deepest efforts." Federico García Lorca is Hirsch's guide to the "artistic night mind," the demonic realm from which this "joyful darkness" flows, while Emerson is his mentor in the study of the angelic aspect of inspiration and its "ferocious light." Not only does Hirsch evocatively explicate the mystical creative experiences of such diverse and seminal artists as Rilke, Stevens, Klee, Pollock, Martha Graham, Miles Davis, and Jimi Hendrix, he also unveils the origins of such radical departures as abstract painting and jazz. Hirsch himself is imbued with the soulful spirit he celebrates, and its "dark radiance" shimmers on every inspired page.”

Donna Seaman, Booklist

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PRODUCT DETAILS

Pages: 96 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2002)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 978-0156027441