"Justly recognized as a pioneer work of ecocriticism, Elder's Imagining the Earth unquestionably remains one of the most intellectually venturesome contributions to this fast-growing field."
—Lawrence Buell, author of The Environmental Imagination
"An insightful study of contemporary American nature poetry and its precursors, tracing a recurring pattern of estrangement, transformation, and reintegration that enacts a circuit of healing."
To show us the power of poetry to identify, interpret, and celebrate a wide range of issues related to nature and our place in it, Elder uses numerous examples of works by Gary Snyder, Wendell Berry, A. R. Ammons, Denise Levertov, and William Everson. Elder places these poets within a cultural tradition flowing from William Wordsworth through Alfred North Whitehead, T. S. Eliot, and Robinson Jeffers, and uses their poems to illuminate the relationships between culture and wilderness, imagination and landscape, and science and poetry. Elder's commentaries are interlinked with two remarkable essays in which he describes his own moments of recognition with nature--moments engendered by, and in turn engendering, meditations on literature.
This new edition, which marks the first appearance of Imagining the Earth in paperback, includes a revised introduction and an additional concluding chapter that focuses on the poetry of Mary Oliver and bridges the decade since the book was first published in 1985.
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