Jay Wright Poetry: American Poets Analysis - Essay

Jay Wright Poetry: American Poets Analysis

(Poets and Poetry in America)

The most distinctive feature of Jay Wright’s poetry is what he himself calls “a passion for what is hidden.” This passion for sounding the depths of varied histories and mythologies—Western European, African, Caribbean, North and South American, and Asian—takes the poetic shape of a spiritual quest that is at once intensely personal and compellingly collective. The object of Wright’s quest is to restore to African American literature a sense of the breadth, the complexity, and the coherence of its cultural, historical, social, artistic, intellectual, and emotional resources. Writing poetry is his way of uncovering and reinventing eclipsed linkages between cultural traditions often believed to be separate. “For me,...

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