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"Against Conceptualism: Defending the Poetry of Affect"


by Calvin Bedient

The under-examined bone of contention in today’s poetry is the value of affect in art. More and more poets are suspicious of lyrical expression and devote themselves to emotionally neutral methods. The representation of affects—feelings that are often either transports or afflictions—has been increasingly muted in American and European art since the 1960s. Vehemence of feeling nonplusses the modern personality, a hostage to ambiguity and irony.

Some of this will sound familiar. Take a read:

http://www.bostonreview.net/poetry/against-conceptualism

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