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Phrase Confessional Poetry Burst Into Common Usage In September Of 1959, When Critic ML Rosenthal Coined It In His Review Of Robert Lowells ' Life Studies In Nation. Book, Which Contains Poems That Unsparingly Detail Lowells Experiences Of Marital Strife, Generational Struggle, And Mental Illness, Marks Dramatic Turn In His Career. Personal had always been fodder for poetry, but Lowell, Rosenthal claim, removed mask that previous poets had worn when writing about their own lives. Poems in Life Studies felt like series of personal confidences, rather shameful, that one is honor-bound not to reveal. For most contemporary critics, Confessional Poetry marks revolution in poetic style as well as specific subject matter and relationship between poems speaker and self. Confessional Poets write in direct, colloquial rhythms and use images that reflect intense psychological experiences, often cull from childhood or battles with mental illness or breakdown. They tend to utilize sequences, emphasizing between poems. They ground their work in actual refer to real persons, and refuse any metaphorical transformation of intimate details into universal symbols. In 1950s and 1960s, decades saturated with New Criticism dictated that poets and speakers of poem were never coincident, Confessional Poets insist otherwise. Their breaches poetic and social decorum were link. According to scholar Deborah Nelson, Lowells innovation was to make himself available, not as abstract and universal poet but as particular person in particular place and time. At time of Apollo 11 moon landing, ten years after Life Studies first appear, Confessional Poetry was in vogue. Ask by Harpers magazine what should be placed in time capsule and left on moon for intergalactic posterity, novelist Joyce Carol Oates recommended Confessional poems by Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath, Robert Lowell, and WD Snodgrass. Oates names roster of midcentury American poets who continue to be identified as Confessional, even if poets themselves sometimes object. Though Snodgra Hearts Needle was also published in 1959 and widely deemed one of first and finest examples of Confessional Poetry, he hat term because it suggests either that you were writing something religious and were confessing something of that sort, or that you were writing bedroom memoirs, and I wasnt doing that, either. Others tangentially grouped as Confessional Poets also reject label, notably Elizabeth Bishop and Adrienne Rich, who later lament intense introspection of Confessional Poetry and write of those years, We find ourselves reduced to I. What Confessional Poets were doingand subject of literary and cultural criticism and debate. Diane Middlebrook has insisted that term is best applied to specific books that appeared between 1959-1966 rather than Poets. Critics writing in 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s claim that Confessional Poetry was merely extension of lyric Poetry itself. More recently, scholars have sought to situate Confessional turn in its historical moment.

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Classics of the Genre

Robert Lowell's Life Studies was first book referred to as confessional poetry. His poems Waking in Blue and Home After Three Months Away deal with issues of mental illness. Former Took Place In Mental Hospital, Presumably McLean Hospital Where He Was Treated For Manic Depression. Latter Takes Place After His Release And Return Home. WD Snodgrass, who claims he was writing personal poems before his teacher Lowell, published book called Hearts Needle same year as Life Studies. Many of poems in this first collection are for his daughter, separated from him due to divorce six years earlier. Titular Poem, Hearts Needle, Is Long, But Worth Read. Anne Sexton, her fellow confessional poets, studied with Robert Lowell. She also suffers from mental illness, her therapist encourages her to write poetry. Her poem Wanting To Die, from collection Live or Die, is intense and heartbreaking look inside suicidal mind. For those who may find that difficult to read, You, Dr. Martin, from her first collection To Bedlam and Part Way Back, is another example of Sextons ' confessional writing, and takes place in mental Hospital. Of poets in this group, Sylvia Plath is probably most widely know. And she is one my favorites. Her poetry is both control and full of rage. Two of her most famous poems, Daddy and Lady Lazarus, are also excellent examples of confessional poetry, dealing with death of her father and suicide attempts respectively.

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Confessional Poetry Today

Just as modernism pushed back against traditional forms of poetry from prior decades and centuries, there was reaction to confessional poetry from writers in 70s and 80s. These poets saw movement as much too sentimental and self-indulgent and eventually cast aside free verse style that had become popular and reinstated meter and rhyme within New Formalism movement. That being say, it is impossible to ignore influence that movement has had on writing since term confessional poetry was first coined in 1959. Today, its impact can be felt contemporary poetry and memoirs. Most interestingly, though it influenced vastly popular styles of slam or speak word poetry. Some of most moving examples of slam poetry come from writers who bear their personal experiences on stage and are able to engage with audience in meaningful way.

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