Elaine Feinstein’s Poetry: an Austere Art?

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David Malcolm


‘Elaine Feinstein’s Poetry: An Austere Art’ analyzes and interprets Feinstein’s verse. The methodology is that of neo-formalist technical analysis. Technical features identifi ed are: a largely informal language; free verse; avoidance of rhyme; and use of enjambment. It is an art that denies artfulness. Thematic aspects identifi ed are: a focus on the quotidian, family, and displacement; myth; and specifi cally Jewish subjects. An interest in women’s issues is also apparent throughout. Detailed discussion of poems from diff erent parts of Feinstein’s oeuvre provides evidence for the above.


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Literary studies