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Something for Nothing: The Poetic Series and the Short Verse Line in Rosmarie Waldrop's Nothing Has Changed

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)473-500
Number of pages28
Issue number3
Early online date13 Mar 2013
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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This essay discusses Rosmarie Waldrop's poetic series Nothing Has Changed, published in 1981, before the author switched her attention to the composition of poems in prose. The essay considers Waldrop's contribution to the history of the American serial poem and to the development of the short verse line. It compares her poetry with that of some of the authors with whom she seems to be in dialogue, such as George Oppen and Robert Creeley. It also reflects, with reference to Martin Heidegger and Paul Celan, on the significance of Waldrop's German provenance and the influence of the German language on her work.

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