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By Andrew Epstein

Poetry has lengthy been considered a style dedicated to grand topics, undying topics, and stylish good looks. Why, then, have modern poets became with such depth to documenting and shooting the typical and mundane? Drawing on insights concerning the nature of daily life from philosophy, background, and demanding thought, Andrew Epstein lines the trendy historical past of this preoccupation and considers why it's so a lot with us this day. Attention Equals Life argues powerful starvation for lifestyle explodes within the post-1945 interval as a response to the swift, unsettling alterations of this epoch, that have led to a tradition of perilous distraction. Epstein demonstrates that poetry is a crucial, and maybe not going, cultural shape that has fastened a reaction, or even a style of resistance, to a tradition struggling with an acute trouble of attention.

In this well timed and interesting learn, Epstein examines why a compulsion to symbolize the typical turns into most important within the a long time after modernism and why it has so frequently sparked genre-bending formal experimentation. With chapters dedicated to illuminating readings of a various team of writers--including poets linked to influential hobbies just like the big apple university, language poetry, and conceptual writing--the ebook considers the diversity of types modern poetry of lifestyle has taken, and analyzes how gender, race, and political forces all profoundly inflect the adventure and the illustration of the quotidian.

By exploring the increase of experimental realism as a poetic mode and the flip to rule-governed "everyday-life projects," Attention Equals Life deals a brand new means of figuring out an essential pressure on the center of 20th- and twenty-first century literature. It not just charts the evolution of an important idea in cultural thought and poetry, but in addition reminds readers that the search to concentrate on the standard inside latest frenetic global of smartphones and social media is an pressing and never-ending task.

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