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Sunday, May 14, 2006

School O' Quietude Def from Wikepedia

The School of Quietude is a rhetorical label first used by the Language poet Ron Silliman on his blog[1] which has been adopted by many other writers of the poetry blogosphere to describe a certain thread or tradition they perceive in the poetry of The United States. It is used as a pejorative term, as generally the critics who employ it do so in order to describe poets whose poetics they consider overly conservative. Silliman has stated repeatedly that he has adopted the term from a phrase once used by Edgar Allan Poe to describe some of his contemporaries whose ideas about poetry were a throwback to the literature of Great Britain or who were overly British in their writing style. Silliman's contention is that the present day School of Quietude in American poetry are the spiritual heirs of those Anglophiliac 19th Century poets.

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for this. The stub no longer exists and simply redirects to Ron Silliman!

Tiffiny said...

This is great!