Franklin

Ragas of Longing : The Poetry of Michael Ondaatje / Sam Solecki.

Author/Creator:
Solecki, Sam author.
Publication:
Toronto : University of Toronto Press, [2016]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
Status/Location:
Loading...

Options
Location Notes Your Loan Policy

Details

Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
text file PDF
Summary:
In Ragas of Longing, Sam Solecki offers the first book-length study of Michael Ondaatje's poetry and its place in his body of work. Relating the poetry to various poetic traditions from classical Tamil to postmodern, Solecki presents a chronological critical reading of Ondaatje's six volumes of poems. Among the study's concerns are the relationship between the poet's life and work, his poetic debts and development, his theory of poetry, and his central themes. Also present are close readings of Ondaatje's monographs on Leonard Cohen and Edwin Muir, the Scots' poet and critic.Solecki suggests that Ondaatje's poetry can be seen as constituting a relatively unified personal canon that has evolved with each book building on its predecessor while simultaneously preparing the groundwork for the following volume. The author argues that Ondaatje's writing has a narrative unity and trajectory ? a figure in the carpet ? determined by crucial events in his life, especially the early breakup of his family and his subsequent exile from his father and place of birth. The result is a body of major poetry whose vision is post-Christian, postmodern and, despite an often humourous tone, fundamentally tragic.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction: 'the slight silver key'
The Dainty Monsters: The Poetry of Myth and Evasion
Covers
the man with seven toes: Point Blank
Titles
Rat Jelly: 'right to the end of an experience'
Epigraphs
There's a Trick with a Knife I'm Learning to Do: Transition
Canon I
Secular Love: It Runs in the Family
Canon II
Handwriting: The Poetry of Return
Last Word: Ondaatje on Poetry
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 08. Jul 2019)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9781442678989
OCLC:
1002242313
Publisher Number:
10.3138/9781442678989 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.