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Praises and Dispraises by Terrence Des Pres

Praises and Dispraises (1988)

by Terrence Des Pres

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    The Fact of a Doorframe: Poems Selected and New 1950-1984 by Adrienne Rich (DromJohn)
    DromJohn: Des Pres connects the blaming feminism of Rich to the bardic tradition of William Butler Yeats, Bertolt Brecht, Breyten Breytenbach and Thomas McGrath.
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    Poems 1913–1956 by Bertolt Brecht (DromJohn)
    DromJohn: Des Pres connects Brecht to William Butler Yeats, Breyten Breytenbach, Thomas McGrath and Adrienne Rich into the bardic tradition.
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    Letter to an Imaginary Friend: Parts I-IV by Thomas McGrath (DromJohn)
    DromJohn: Des Pres connects McGrath to the bardic tradition of William Butler Yeats, Bertolt Brecht, Breyton Breytonbach and Adrienne Rich. More than the others, McGrath is the most joyful in his dispraising.
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    The true confessions of an albino terrorist by Breyten Breytenbach (DromJohn)
    DromJohn: Des Pres connects Breytenbach to William Butler Yeats, Bertolt Brecht, Thomas McGrath into the bardic tradition.
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    Collected Poems by W. B. Yeats (DromJohn)
    DromJohn: Two chapters in Praises puts Yeats work in context with Irish politics and the bardic tradition: Yeats and the Rat-Rhymers; and Yeats and Hysterica Passio.

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The poets' job is to blame and praise; rhyme the rats to death; give hope to the tribe. Praise is a solid whole which ties the poets William Butler Yeats, Bertolt Brecht, Breyten Breytenbach, Thomas McGrath and Adrienne Rich into the struggle between Antigone and Creon, the individual against the power. ( )
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