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August 15, 2012

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There's a great chapter (the intro, "On Claimed Verse Forms") on this issue in David Caplan's Questions of Possibility: Contemporary Poetry and Poetic Form. This chapter (which quotes WCW's statement about the sonnet as fascist but does not cite it!) offers a history of some of the different political, revolutionary uses to which McKay's "If We Must Die" has been put, revealing that at least this particular sonnet is not, in fact, fascistic.

There's a great chapter (the intro, "On Claimed Verse Forms") on this issue in David Caplan's Questions of Possibility: Contemporary Poetry and Poetic Form. This chapter (which quotes WCW's statement about the sonnet as fascist but does not cite it!) offers a history of some of the different political, revolutionary uses to which McKay's "If We Must Die" has been put, revealing that at least this particular sonnet is not, in fact, fascistic.

Point of information: Merrill Moore was a poet and psychiatrist, who, I believe, treated Robert Lowell among others. -- DL

And a quick google search says he treated WCW....
http://hsl.med.nyu.edu/bryant/details/242

but, good good, no one needs to write 40,000 sonnets...no one!

So, do you think he wrote this before or after he treated WCW (or during??)

This site is excellent and so is how the subject matter was explained. I also like some of the comments. Looking forward to your next post.

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