Steinman's introduces essays by Charles Altieri on Wordsworth, Arnold, Williams and the contemporary poetry of Lyn Hejinian and Leslie Scalapino; by Robert Kaufman on the problematics and uses of Romantic difficulty from Kant through Bejamin, Adorno and the Frankfurt School to, finally, the work of Barbara Guest and Michael Palmer; and by Ellen Stauder on description and affect in Mark Doty's uses of Keats. Noting the variety of both contemporary and Romantic practices, this introduction argues that despite disagreements about which poetic practices exemplify the meeting of subject, world and feeling, there is an interesting if uneasy agreement that the difficult problem and necessity of having thought, feeling, world and language converge in poems is Romanticism's continuing legacy.
July 2003


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