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A Word in Your Ear - Poems (Paperback): Monroe K. Spears A Word in Your Ear - Poems (Paperback)
Monroe K. Spears
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A Word in Your Ear brings together forty years of poetry by one of the most influential literary critics of our time. Monroe Spears, the first mentor to James Dickey, was an internationally renowned scholar of Modernism who in addition to writing his own many essays, reviews, and books brought distinguished poetry, fiction, and criticism into print as editor of the Sewanee Review. In this important collection, he demonstrates that his eye for discerning excellent poetry was paired with a remarkable talent for writing it.

Employing a rich variety of verse forms and subjects, Spears reflects on the passage of time -- specifically, the maturation from boyhood to old age -- and its effect on his view of himself and the world. "To go from adult to old man / Is truly to change into another species, / Apart as a lame duck, having no space in the future". Though gloomy in itself, this theme is often treated with levity, which makes the ominous secrets whispered in the ear not only bearable but also enjoyable.

Spears's poems reveal an often wry conversationalist whose voice ranges from public wit to private confidant. Because he did not devote himself solely to the practice of poetry, his body of work is regrettably small. But with his final collection, he confirms a truth confessed in the appropriately titled "A Poet Hidden": "He always knew at heart he was a poet".

The Neo-Aristotelians of Chicago - Sewanee Review V61, No. 1, Winter, 1953 (Paperback): Eliseo Vivas The Neo-Aristotelians of Chicago - Sewanee Review V61, No. 1, Winter, 1953 (Paperback)
Eliseo Vivas; Edited by Monroe K. Spears
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Vergil and the Christian World - Sewanee Review V61, No. 1, Winter, 1953 (Hardcover): T. S. Eliot Vergil and the Christian World - Sewanee Review V61, No. 1, Winter, 1953 (Hardcover)
T. S. Eliot; Edited by Monroe K. Spears
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The Point of Dying - Donne's Virtuous Men (Paperback): Allen Tate The Point of Dying - Donne's Virtuous Men (Paperback)
Allen Tate; Edited by Monroe K. Spears
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Article From The Sewanee Review, V61, No. 1, Winter, 1953.

Vergil and the Christian World - Sewanee Review V61, No. 1, Winter, 1953 (Paperback): T. S. Eliot Vergil and the Christian World - Sewanee Review V61, No. 1, Winter, 1953 (Paperback)
T. S. Eliot; Edited by Monroe K. Spears
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A Word in Your Ear - Poems (Hardcover): Monroe K. Spears A Word in Your Ear - Poems (Hardcover)
Monroe K. Spears
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A Word in Your Ear brings together forty years of poetry by one of the most influential literary critics of our time. Monroe Spears, the first mentor to James Dickey, was an internationally renowned scholar of Modernism who in addition to writing his own many essays, reviews, and books brought distinguished poetry, fiction, and criticism into print as editor of the Sewanee Review. In this important collection, he demonstrates that his eye for discerning excellent poetry was paired with a remarkable talent for writing it.

Employing a rich variety of verse forms and subjects, Spears reflects on the passage of time -- specifically, the maturation from boyhood to old age -- and its effect on his view of himself and the world. "To go from adult to old man / Is truly to change into another species, / Apart as a lame duck, having no space in the future". Though gloomy in itself, this theme is often treated with levity, which makes the ominous secrets whispered in the ear not only bearable but also enjoyable.

Spears's poems reveal an often wry conversationalist whose voice ranges from public wit to private confidant. Because he did not devote himself solely to the practice of poetry, his body of work is regrettably small. But with his final collection, he confirms a truth confessed in the appropriately titled "A Poet Hidden": "He always knew at heart he was a poet".

One Writer's Reality (Hardcover): Monroe K. Spears One Writer's Reality (Hardcover)
Monroe K. Spears
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In One Writer's Reality, Monroe K. Spears eloquently considers the kinds of reality writers have to confront. Spears presents not a single rigorous argument but varied approaches to the basic thesis that the writer is not essentially different from the reader, and that the writer's relation to reality is crucially important. Spears adopts a broad treatment of reality, from the largest scale in "Cosmology" to the smallest and most personal scale in "A Happy Induction."

"Writing as a Vocation" defines the economic reality of writing as "unimportant to the writer; what must in the end matter to him, as to the reader, are the deeper realities of place and community, human relations and emotions, and aesthetic form, and ultimately the transmutation of daily life into the ideal reality of form in art." Examples of reality as seen by two very different poets, James Dickey and W. H. Auden, and by novelist Reynolds Price are considered.

Two essays relate the history of the University of the South and the Sewanee Review to the evolving culture of the South that Allen Tate and others, central to the Sewanee story, created. One speculative and wide-ranging essay on the expression of emotion in music and poetry compares Schubert and Keats. Considering himself as representative of the influences of particular times and places, and of intellectual and academic climates, Spears concludes by addressing the realities of his own career in literature.

Intended for the aspiring writer and the general reader, One Writer's Reality is an intimate perusal of the working interests and practices of a formidable American critic.

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