Howard Nemerov | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by John F. Skinner

This literature criticism consists of approximately 29 pages of analysis & critique of Howard Nemerov.
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Critical Essay by John F. Skinner

SOURCE: Skinner, John F. “Semantic Play in the Poetry of Howard Nemerov.” Literature in Performance: A Journal of Literary and Performing Art 6 (April 1986): 44-59.

In the following essay, Skinner examines the various manifestations of game-playing and word play in Nemerov's poetry.

In Fear of Flying, Erica Jong has her precocious narrator-protagonist clash at one point with a figure familiar to many readers. Trembling in her purple-suede boots, Isadora Wing confides to Professor Stanton that she wants to write satire rather than criticize it, that she doesn't find criticism very satisfying:

“Satisfying!” he exploded.

I gulped.

“What makes you think that graduate school is supposed to be satisfying? Literature is work, not fun,” he said.

“Yes,” I said meekly.

“You come...

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