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Title: 'Out of the Pulver and the Polished Lens': A.M. Klein as Wordsmith
Authors: Hutcheon, Linda
Goldschlager, Alain
Keywords: Canadian literature
Klein, A. M
Issue Date: 1979
Publisher: Canadian Poetry
Citation: Hutcheon, Linda; Alain Goldschlager. "Out of the Pulver and the Polished Lens: A.M. Klein as Wordsmith." Canadian Poetry 4 (1979): 52-58.
Abstract: The critical attention that has been devoted to the poetry of A.M. Klein over the years has been largely thematic in orientation, 1 whether the aim be an exposition of Klein's Jewish traditionalism or a reclaiming of a more secular context for his work. Some critics, it is true, have mentioned in passing Klein's distinctive diction 2 and his often dazzling virtuosity with poetic forms. 3 Others have traced image patterns in his poetry as a whole,4 but very little work has been done on the formal explication of individual poems. In some ways, this would appear rather odd, given the relative obscurity and complexity of Klein's verse. After the symposium on Klein in May 1974, Ralph Gustafson complained that he had heard "too little of Klein as a wordsmith making out of experience ... verbal poems."5 That Klein was a deliberate and skilled craftsman with words is clear to any reader. What is less obvious, but no less true, is that he was a master of larger poetic structures, intricate structures which themselves developed and indeed actually illustrated the thematic content of the individual poems.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/9422
ISSN: 0704-5646
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