Robert Duncan

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  • James Maynard (SUNY, Buffalo State)

Having dedicated himself at a young age to a life of poetry, Robert Duncan had a long, active, and influential writing career lasting from the late 1930s to the time of his death in 1988. Equally committed to poetry's traditional sources as well as to the ongoing expansion of open forms and progressive politics, he was one of the most radical poets of the past century in almost every sense of the word. Cosmological in his understanding of poetry, he took language to be integral to the overlapping scales of both the universe and the self as they emerge out of process and multiplicity. Defending heterodoxy against institutional authority and dogma, Duncan often criticized various aesthetic as well as social conventions, and his poetics …

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Maynard, James. "Robert Duncan". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 October 2007
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