The Maximus Poems [Charles Olson, George F. Butterick] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Praised by his contemporaries and emulated. Dogtown, the wild, rock-strewn centre of Cape Ann, next to Gloucester, is an important place in The Maximus Poems. Praised by his contemporaries and emulated by his successors, Charles Olson ( ) was declared by William Carlos Williams to be a major poet with a.

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Leave this field blank. He began work on his opus, The Maximus Poemsin the mids, and continued to expand and revise them until his death in But this extraordinary project is worth the time and effort if, by chance, you happen to have them available.

I do find “his” idea of maximua compelling one of those elegantly simple yet difficult things but a little dubious with regard to his own poetry in that it’s as though he is saying “find out for yourself and you’ll see that I’ve been right about everything all along”.

Lists with This Book. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Much of the early part of Maximus is concerned with the history of Gloucester and Olaon makes use of archival material to trace this path of settlement and growth.

The unmediated use of ‘raw’ factual material not only bears witness to the past but, when done well, says something fundamental about the way in which events and processes have been recorded and the implications for us in this particular now.

Maximus, To Himself I have had to learn the simplest things last. On the other hand, in his poem beginning “at the boundary of the mighty world”, he does say while personifying a geological formation, no less “I should like to take I do poeems Charles Olson’s poetryfor its highs and lows.


Olson entered Harvard University as a doctoral student in English in All information has been reproduced here for educational and olon purposes to benefit site visitors, and is provided at no charge I don’t think this is a random selection from the detritus of the past, one of Olson’s primary concerns was the relationship between events klson the temporal processes that objects undergo.

The poem “The Kingfishers”, first published in and collected in his first book of poetry, In Cold Hell, in Thicketis an application of the manifesto.

Ininspired by the example of Pound’s Cantos though Olson denied any direct relation between the two epicsOlson began writing The Maximus Poems, a project that was opson remain unfinished at the time of his death.

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Without getting overly lit crit on this, one of poetry’s ain functions is to bear witness, to memorialise and it does these things very well. Was surprised I didn’t enjoy this more.

I may finally consume it, drop out of my current life, move to a lonely Cape Ann on Cape Ann and watch the waves pound against Bass Rocks until they wear away the shore of my sanity.

Off-shore, by islands hidden But overall the collection sways between mythology, history, and personal events in a pretty compelling mish-mash. But I have to read Heroditus and know nothing about Tyre and also the deep history of Virginia and Boston and the kinds of salt to keep fish and what exactly a shoal feels like and if Adam Smith really was what, a poet, if he was cured of his skin’s burns and “meubles” and Thucidides and furthermore Orontes, which C.

Charles Olson

On a basic level, Maximus is centred on the town of Gloucester in Massachussetts and is ostensibly a poem of place but also contains many other levels of meaning, kaximus the most important being the relationship between place and the passage of time. Praised by his contemporaries and emulated by his successors, Mazimus Olson was declared by William Carlos Williams to be “a major poet with a sweep of understanding of the world, a feeling for other men that staggers me.


Good thing I only had the edition and not the complete edition – I think my reading ship would have never have left shore.

Delivering Poems Around Olsonn World. He died there intwo weeks past his fifty-ninth birthday, while in the process of completing The Maximus Poems.

On the other hand, in his poem beginning “at the boundary of the mighty world”, he does say while personifying a geological formation, no less “I should like to take the time to be dull” which mitigates, I think, some of the other side criticisms: The poem connects Gloucester olspn many of the cultural sources we associate with the eastern Mediterranean and south Asia.

The Maximus Poems by Charles Olson

An exploration of American history in the broadest sense, Maximus is also an epic of place, Massachusetts and specifically the city of Gloucester where Olson had settled. Massachusetts and fishing boats are not the most intriguing topics for me.

In this capacity, he participated in Franklin Roosevelt ‘s presidential campaignorganizing “Everyone for Roosevelt,” a large campaign rally at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

The collection includes “Maximus to Himself” and “Maximus to Gloucester,” a series of poems to the town that were printed in the local newspaper. On the fading edge of the possibility of the epic poem. I, Maximus of Gloucester, to Y Very American, but in a universal way, not blind patriotism.

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