Charles Wright Poetry: American Poets Analysis - Essay

Charles Wright Poetry: American Poets Analysis

(Poets and Poetry in America)

Charles Wright’s poetry, characterized by high ambition and profound seriousness, is suffused with spiritual yearning, seeking to discover a transcendent realm beyond the reality of the everyday physical world. His poems exploit memory and metaphysical speculation, moving easily between his past, his present, and his future death and dispersal. Intensely compressed and allusive, Wright’s poetry can often be difficult to access when focused on the philosophical matters that most concern him, but he frequently employs a more casual vernacular style touching on local cultural materials, and the seriousness of intention may be mingled with a gentle type of humor that tends to welcome the reader to his world. Basically lyrical and...

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