The Art of Syntax

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The Art of Syntax

Rhythm of Thought, Rhythm of Song

By Ellen Bryant Voigt

Graywolf Press, Paperback, 9781555975319, 172pp.

Publication Date: June 23, 2009

Description

With intelligence and precision, Ellen Bryant Voigt parses out the deft and alluring shape of poetic language in "The Art of Syntax." Through brilliant readings of poems by Bishop, Frost, Kunitz, Lawrence, and others, Voigt examines the signature musical scoring writers deploy to orchestrate meaning. "This structure this architecture is the essential drama of the poem's composition," she argues. "The Art of Syntax" is an indispensable book on the writer's craft by one of America's best and most influential poets and teachers.



About the Author
Ellen Bryant Voigt is the author of seven previous volumes of poetry, including Shadow of Heaven, a finalist for the National Book Award, and Messenger, a finalist for the National Book Award and for the Pulitzer Prize. Voigt was awarded the O. B. Hardison, Jr. Prize from the Folger Shakespeare Library, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Merrill Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets, where she was subsequently elected a chancellor. Her poems have appeared in an array of national journals and anthologies, including The Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry. She lives in Vermont and teaches in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.