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The Past That Poets Make

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$75.50 • £60.95 • €68.00

ISBN 9780674656765

Publication Date: 06/04/1981


256 pages

2 figures


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This is an analysis of the literary art of recapturing the past as the artist perceives it. By clearly distinguishing different ways of creating a past—in fiction, history, and other arts—Harold Toliver enriches our understanding of literary strategies.

The Past that Poets Make examines such questions as how a fictional narrative differs from other ways of seeing a past time; to what extent literature is nontemporal, transcending its time, and to what extent it is tied to the institutions and traditions of its era; how given works conjure up a sense of time; and how fictional narratives function as transmitters of ideas to societies prepared to absorb them.