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Blackmur RP Form and Value in Modern Poetry Doubleday 1957 Justification This critique was first published as a journal article in The Southern Review 1936 and later reprinted in the text entitled Form and Value in Modern Poetry The author of the critique describes the meaning behind Yates poetry He also describes Yates view of the world and explains how this influences the poetry and the response by many readers towards the work Blackmur uses a comparison with other poets of the same era Blackmur also describes in a way that is easily understood the poetic devices employed by Yates in his works Position of the writer The position of the writer is that Yates is a great poet who combines technique with imagination However the content of his work and its symbolism is confronting to many readers and may not therefore appreciate the greatness of the poetry The critics argument The poet and as always the reader has to combine or fuse inextricably into something like an organic unity the constructed or derived symbolism of his special insight with the symbolism animating the language itself It is on the poets plane the labor of bringing the representative forms of knowledge home to the experience which stirred them the labor of keeping in mind what our knowledge is of the labor of craft With the poetry of Yates this labor is as I say doubly hard because the forms of knowledge being magical do not fit naturally with the forms of knowledge that ordinarily preoccupy us What Blackmur is arguing is that magic and the interpretation of this is dependent on the readers knowledge of magic He continues the argument by implying that Yates believed that imagination was as valid a way of understanding the world as was logic Blackmur also argues that because Yates has a view of life that many readers do not share the poetry is often
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