James Dickey Poetry: American Poets Analysis - Essay

James Dickey Poetry: American Poets Analysis

(Poets and Poetry in America)

In his poetry and novels, James Dickey often explored what extreme, and sometimes violent, situations reveal about the human condition. Dickey’s poetry and fiction of the late 1950’s to the 1970’s are characterized by startlingly original images and a strong narrative thrust, through which he expressed, and assessed, the belief that volatile qualities are an inherent and necessary, yet potentially destructive, part of the human animal. In the late 1970’s, Dickey turned to a reflective, language-oriented approach, less immediately accessible and more self-conscious, but he continued to explore his previous themes. Though his themes remained fairly constant, it should be noted that stylistically Dickey was a relentless...

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