Lisel Mueller | Critical Review by Judith Kitchen

This literature criticism consists of approximately 8 pages of analysis & critique of Lisel Mueller.
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Critical Review by Judith Kitchen

SOURCE: “What Persists,” in Georgia Review, Vol. 51, No. 2, Summer, 1997, pp. 331–55.

In the following excerpt, Kitchen praises Mueller's Alive Together, maintaining that “over the years, she has held herself to a standard of clarity and truthfulness in language as well as in emotion.”

The most obvious and salient fact about the natural separation of poetry from criticism is that in the greatest ages of poetry there has been little or no criticism. Criticism comes, if at all, after the art.

—Karl Shapiro

Things have changed since Karl Shapiro's time—and this is Karl Shapiro's time. But during his long career of writing both poetry and criticism, the gap between the two has simultaneously widened and narrowed. Theorists have discovered what writers always knew (“The meaning of poetry, as...

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