July/Aug 2017 • Vol. XXXIX No. 4 Book Reviews |

Rereading Ransom

The Collected Poems of John Crowe Ransom, Editor Ben Mazer. Un-Gyve Press, 2015. 396 pp. $75.00.   The Collected Poems of John Crowe Ransom, edited by Ben Mazer, is something those interested in modern poetry need to read. Ransom's poetry was modern but also one of a kind. In its uniqueness Ransom's work fit Ezra Pounds's injunction, borrowed from the Chinese, to "Make It New." And Ransom made things new in other mediums too, as an influential critic and editor, and as a mentor to writers destined for their own significant achievements. Ransom is credited with giving the New Criticism its name. Along with that he wrote enough of his own criticism to make it clear what the name meant. In sum, when one considers John Crowe Ransom one examines a multifaceted writer who cannot be categorized by any one endeavor but instead must be understood in the context of multiple achievements. He was a man of letters who, among many accomplishments, wrote a relatively small body of highly o

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Wyatt Prunty’s latest poetry collection is Couldn’t Prove, Had to Promise. He lives in Sewanee, where he is the Ogden D. Carlton Professor in Sewanee’s English Department. He directs the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the Tennessee Fellowship Series. He edits the Johns Hopkins Poetry and Fiction Series.

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By Wyatt Prunty

The Collected Poems of John Crowe Ransom, Editor Ben Mazer. Un-Gyve Press, 2015. 396 pp. $75.00.   The Collected Poems of John Crowe Ransom, edited by Ben Mazer, is something […]

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