Take Arms Against A Sea Of Troubles

Take Arms Against A Sea Of Troubles by Harold Bloom


ISBN
9780300247282
Published
Binding
Hardcover
Pages
672
Dimensions
156 x 235 x 43mm

dquo;The great poems, plays, novels, stories teach us how to go on living. . . . Your own mistakes, accidents, failures at otherness beat you down. Rise up at dawn and read something that matters as soon as you can.ldquo; (p. 13)
 
The last book written by the most famous literary critic of his generation, on the sustaining power of poetry
 
This dazzling celebration of the power of poetry to sublimate death?dash;completed weeks before Harold Bloom died?dash;shows how literature renews life amid what Milton called ?dquo;a universe of death.?dquo; Bloom reads as a way of taking arms against the sea of life?squo;s troubles, taking readers on a grand tour of the poetic voices that have haunted him through a lifetime of reading. ?dquo;High literature,?dquo; he writes, ?dquo;is a saving lie against time, loss of individuality, premature death.?dquo; In passages of breathtaking intimacy, we see him awake late at night, reciting lines from Dante, Shakespeare, Milton, Montaigne, Blake, Wordsworth, Hart Crane, Jay Wright, and many others. He feels himself ?dquo;edged by nothingness,?dquo; uncomprehending, but still sustained by reading. Generous and clear???eyed, this is among Harold Bloom?squo;s most ambitious and most moving books.
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