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Charles Olson (1910–1970) By Fitzpatrick, Ryan

DOI: 10.4324/9781135000356-REM1617-1
Published: 09/05/2016
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Actively writing in the 1950s and 1960s, poet and critic Charles Olson is a key figure of both the New American Poetry and the Black Mountain school. He is best known for articulating—in his essay ‘Projective Verse’—the idea of ‘open-field’ poetics, opposed to inherited stanza form, as well as for his exploration of the long poem in The Maximus Poems.

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Fitzpatrick, Ryan. "Charles Olson (1910–1970)." The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. : Taylor and Francis, 2016. Date Accessed 18 May. 2022 doi:10.4324/9781135000356-REM1617-1

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