Abstract

Rhetorical analysis of Bob Hicok’s earliest and most recent poems reveals how the poet modifies the terms of the central problem in contemporary poetry—Romantic irony—by employing an irreverent poetics I describe as sophistic to highlight its rhetorical tendencies while differentiating it from the inverted Platonism of Romantic irony.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1925-5683
Print ISSN
0027-1276
Pages
pp. 135-152
Launched on MUSE
2014-06-09
Open Access
No
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