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(Poets and Poetry in America)

Linda Gregerson is a much-published literary critic. Her essays on a wide range of poems have appeared in prestigious literary journals and casebooks, and resonate with her own rich sense of language. She has published two studies. The Reformation of the Subject: Spenser, Milton, and the English Protestant Epic (1995) explored how Renaissance British writers deftly crafted language into the subtle sculpture of poetry against the entrenched religious distrust of language with its obscurities and its pitch to the imagination and the passions. Negative Capability: Contemporary American Poetry (2001) presents Gregerson’s vision of the contemporary lyric poem with particular emphasis on how the postwar generation (herself among them) moved the lyric poem into unprecedented experimentation by subtly revisiting poetic line, syntax, and meter.