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The Anxiety of Influence A Theory of Poetry 2nd EditionHarold Bloom's The Anxiety of of Influence Kindle #211 Influence has cast its own long shadow of influence since it was first published in Through an insightful study of Romantic poets Bloom puts forth his central vision of the relations between tradition and the individual artist Although Bloom was never the leader of any critical camp his argument that all literary texts are a response to those that precede them had The Anxiety ePUB #10003 an enormous impact on the practice of deconstruction and poststructuralist literary theory in this country The book remains a central work of criticism for all stud. An example of over engineering Take a poem chuck out the essence and chew on what's left Not my idea of a good time

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CHARACTERS » The Anxiety of Influence: A Theory of Poetry, 2nd Edition ¹ ☆ The Anxiety of Influence: A Theory of Poetry, 2nd Edition PDF / Epub ✩ Author Sterling Professor of Humanities Harold Bloom – Harold Bloom's The Anxiety of Influence has cast its own long shadow of infIsreading a creative interpretation he calls poetic misprision The influence anxiety does not so much concern the Anxiety of Influence A Theory PDFEPUBforerunner but rather is an anxiety achieved in and by the story novel play poem or essay In other words without Keats's reading of Shakespeare Milton and Wordsworth we could not have Keats's odes and sonnets and his two Hyperions Given the enormous attention generated by Bloom's controversial The Western Canon this new edition is certain to find a readymade audience among the new generation of scholars students and layreaders interested in the Bloom cann. Behind the impenetrable language lies ignorance On page 115 Bloom writes Hence Nietzsche lovingly recognizing in Socrates the first master of sublimation found in Socrates also a destroyer of tragedy Had he lived to read Freud Nietzsche might somewhat admiringly have seen in him another Socrates Where did Nietzsche lovingly recognise in Socrates the first master of sublimation The answer nowhere It has become fashionable to attribute to the philosopher any provocative or unusual opinion or to use him as a back up for the author's poorly conceived idea Nietzsche had an agonistic relationship with Socrates whom he accused of the `tyranny of reason' in Twilight of the Idols among others and charged with the death of tragedy His attitude to other one time idols eg Schopenhauer Wagner was similar combative reverence Nietzsche was gravely preoccupied with `self birthing' and the `right of priority'; that meant figuratively speaking killing anyone whom he had deeply loved and worshipped in order to assert the 'independence of the soul' Hardly surprising Shakespeare's Julius Caesar was his most revered play read his own account in The Gay Science II 98 Indeed as Kaufmann aptly observed Nietzsche had a sort of `Brutus complex' Here was an opportunity to label it all as `the anxiety of influence' the opportunity Bloom sorely missed For one of the most insightful treatments of Nietzsche Socrates ambivalent dynamics I suggest reading Bertram's `Nietzsche'Would Nietzsche have admired Freud as `another Socrates' Certainly not Even with all his passion for agon he wouldn't insult Socrates by making such comparison Asserting that toddlers plot to kill their fathers in order to bed their mothersas Freud did with his 'Oedipus complex' is closer to a delusion than to any psychological insight `Passing by in silence' would have been Nietzsche's likely treatment of him Bloom's uncritical admiration for Freud's pseudoscience says about Bloom than it does about Freud Not to mention the fact that Freud plagiarised so many of Nietzsche's and Schopenhauer's concepts while publically denying that he had ever read their works Of this I imagine Bloom is also ignorant

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Ents of literature and has sold over copies in paperback since Written in a moving personal style anchored by concrete examples and memorably uotable Bloom's book maintains that the anxiety of influence cannot be evaded neither by poets nor by responsible readers Anxiety of Influence PDF #8608 and critics This second edition contains a new Introduction which explains the genesis of Bloom's thinking and the subseuent influence of the book on literary criticism of the past twenty yearscriticism of the past twenty years Here Bloom asserts that the anxiety of influence comes out of a complex act of strong m. This is certainly not a book for the general reader as it goes out of its way to use specialist terms which it makes no effort to define in an accessible way The basic idea is that every poet is competing with a predecessor and that in modern western poetry there's so little room left for insight that the poet can only misread it's all been said mostly by Shakespeare and the modern poet is fighting against the death of the western poetic tradition by a strong misreading This is perhaps an interesting premise but Bloom's style is the ultimate in pretentiousness and obscurantism the sort of writing that gives criticism a bad name Though the title of this book is often used as a nice catchphrase the book itself has had less influence than its fame would suggest basically because the theory where it is intelligible is unworkable In fact the ideas are childishly simplistic and that may be why Bloom felt the need of using a sophisticated and often impenetrable jargonIn fairness to Bloom in his later work he has toned down his defensive jargonism and his recent The Anatomy of Influence 2011 takes the same theme as this book but doesn't bother pretending it has a unifying theory behind it and is much the better for it That book is a decent read and plays to Bloom's strength which is basically his genuine enthusiasm for the subject of poetry Anxiety of Influence though is a book with no substance and no system but written so that it takes several readings to actually realize this