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Ecopoetry A brief introduction

Ecopoetry A brief introduction

Ecopoetry is poetry with a strong ecological emphasis or message.

History Edit

Arthur Sze Contemporary Practices of Ecopoetics

Arthur Sze Contemporary Practices of Ecopoetics

Many poets, poems and books of poems have expressed ecological concerns; but only recently has the term ecopoetry gained use. There is now, in English-speaking poetry, a recognisable subgenre of ecopoetry.

Prior to the introduction of the term, a number of poems had ecological messages. Although these poets did not mention the word, they were clearly 'Ecopoetic' in stance and exerted an influence on the subsequent subgenre. Examples include:

Jane Hirshfield Contemporary Practices Ecopoetics

Jane Hirshfield Contemporary Practices Ecopoetics

A seminal text helping to bring the term into wider critical use was Ecopoetry: A critical introduction, edited by J. Scott Bryson (2002). Another example of the burgeoning use of the term at the millennial turn was the journal Ecopoetics,[3] which broadened the term from poetry into poiesis interpreted as making or writing more generally.

Since then, a spate of poetry anthologies and books has appeared, either employing the term explicitly or using the idea as a guiding principle. Recent instances include The Thunder Mutters by Alice Oswald (2005), Forrest Gander and John Kinsella's Redstart: An ecological poetics, and the ground-breaking Earth Shattering: Ecopoems, edited by Neil Astley, from Bloodaxe Books (2007).[4]

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C. D. Wright Contemporary Practices of Ecopoetics

A major characteristic of ecopoetry, as defined by James Engelhardt, is that it is connected to the world in a way that implies responsibility. As with other models that explore and assume engagement (Marxism, feminism, etc.), Ecopoetry is "surrounded by questions of ethics".[5]

As a means of describing poetry or poetic projects that embrace the ecological imperative for personal sensitivity and social change, ecopoetry has been cited by such writers as John Burnside and Mario Petrucci.[6]

See alsoEdit

Ecopoetry For All by Gary Snyder

Ecopoetry For All by Gary Snyder

References Edit

Ecopoetry Meditation at Oyster River by Theodore Roethke

Ecopoetry Meditation at Oyster River by Theodore Roethke


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