Louise Bogan | Criticism

This literature criticism consists of approximately 17 pages of analysis & critique of Louise Bogan.
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SOURCE: "Louise Bogan," in The Iowa Review, Vol. 1, No. 3, Summer, 1970, pp. 116-24.

Ramsey is an American educator, poet, critic, and novelist. In the following essay, he lauds Bogan's achievements as a lyric poet, stating "to say that some of her lyrics will last as long as English is spoken is to say too little."

Louise Bogan is a great lyric poet.

Greatness in poetry is hard to discuss, especially in the lyric. It is comparatively easy to show that Bogan is a very good poet: powerful in feeling, surprising and chaste in diction, strong in structure, masterly in imagery and rhythm, important in themes; but greatness in the lyric is impact and profundity and so simple as almost to defy scrutiny. The thing happens; the note is struck; in Bogan's own language the "terrible … / Music in the granite hill" sounds, and there we are, where her poems arrive...

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