English Renaissance Literature Expert Promotes Lofty Poetic Standards

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After years of study and writing, William Guy pens a standard-bearer of modern poetry.

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It is not enough to “have an idea for a poem,” as French artist Edgar Degas once said. One must also have the proper training to formulate it. William Guy, a specialist in English Renaissance literature, publishes his latest book of poems, Defunctive Music, to herald a new renaissance for English poetry. It is a showcase of refined literary talent at its best, showing what present-day poetry should be.

Guy, in his long years of studying the master poets under many master teachers of poetry, was schooled in English scansion the same way one has to be schooled in the techniques of music in order to perform it. Seeing a decline in poetic standards, his work of over four dozens of poems, therefore, forms part of his effort to present a standard-bearer for present-day poetic literature.

The subject-gamut of his poems ranges from meditations on sex to meditations on American history and politics. The prevailing concern, however, is with tricks of memory, with moments in and out of time, distraction fits when past selves or past lives rise up to re-engulf the “present” person. These poems ring changes on Michel de Montaigne’s idea of ondoyance, the flux of personality. They are ghost stories in the same way Henry James’ works of fiction and of autobiography often are.

Guy believes that form matters as much as content. His book of poems not only represents his way of looking at or perceiving the world, but also represents proper English form. A poem is made up of words; but the words must be arranged in a pattern, an exacting pattern. It is the combination of arresting and/or right words and of appropriate rhythm driving the engine which makes a poem. The “complete consort” as T.S. Eliot called it.

Written with the highest standards of content and form, Defunctive Music is a book that true lovers of poetry can look up to for inspiration and guidance. Readers will not only enjoy Guy’s rhythm, rhyme and reason for writing, but will also have a taste of how real poetry should be crafted.

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About the Author
When he is not traveling, William Guy lives and writes in Pittsburgh. He is the author of Gravity’s Revolt (a novel), Defunctive Music (poems, including a translation of Beowulf), A Traveler’s Education (travel essays), Magic Casements (more travel essays), Something Sensational and Getting Down at Bhubaneshwar. He is co-author, with William Orr, of Living Hope: a Study of the New Testament Theme of Birth from Above. He is presently completing a translation of The Iliad and is at work on The Lyndoniad, a long poem containing history (the year 1968).

Defunctive Music * by William Guy
Publication Date: March 7, 2003
Trade Paperback; $19.54; 337 pages; 978-1-4010-8581-0
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4628-0450-4

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