John Hollander , a virtuosic poet who breathed new life into traditional verse forms and whose later work achieved a visionary, mythic sweep, died on Saturday in Branford, Conn. He was 83. The cause was pulmonary congestion, his daughter Elizabeth Hollander said. As a young poet, Mr. Hollander fell under the influence of W. H. Auden, whose experiments in fusing contemporary subject matter with traditional metric forms he emulated. It was Auden who selected Mr. Hollander’s first collection of poems, “A Crackling of Thorns,” for the Yale Series of Younger Poets, which published it in 1958 with an introduction by Auden. Mr. Hollander’s wit, inventiveness and intellectual range drew comparisons to Ben Jonson and 17th-century Metaphysical poets like John Donne. The poet Richard Howard, in the book “Alone With America: Essays on the Art of Poetry in the United States Since 1950,” praised “a technical prowess probably without equal in American verse today.” Early on, Mr. Hollander … [Read more...] about John Hollander, Poet at Ease With Intellectualism and Wit, Dies at 83
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M. H. Abrams, who transformed the study of Romanticism with the critical histories “The Mirror and the Lamp” and “Natural Supernaturalism,” and who edited the first seven editions of “The Norton Anthology of English Literature,” a virtual Bible in literature survey courses, died on Tuesday in Ithaca, N.Y. He was 102. Cornell University, where he taught for nearly 40 years, announced his death on Wednesday. On its publication in 1953, “The Mirror and the Lamp: Romantic Theory and the Critical Tradition” was greeted as an instant classic. With fluid ease, Professor Abrams distilled the arguments of philosophers and critics from ancient Greece onward as he delineated a radical shift in aesthetics in the early 19th century, set in motion by poets like Wordsworth and Coleridge. The change was expressed by several ruling images, or “constitutive metaphors,” as Professor Abrams called them, chiefly the mirror and the lamp. For neoclassical writers like Alexander Pope and Samuel Johnson, … [Read more...] about M.H. Abrams, 102, Dies; Shaped Romantic Criticism and Literary ‘Bible’
The ubiquitous advertisements for ''The Village,'' which opens today nationwide, promise that ''nothing can prepare you.'' Nothing, that is, except M. Night Shyamalan's last three movies and a passing acquaintance with ''The Twilight Zone.'' It is hard to think of another filmmaker so utterly committed to the predictable manufacture of narrative surprise. His supernatural conceits may vary from picture to picture -- ghosts in ''The Sixth Sense,'' comic-book superheroics in ''Unbreakable,'' space aliens and crop circles in ''Signs'' -- but his stories are always built around a carefully disguised, meticulously prepared twist. You can pass a pleasant few minutes outside the theater talking it over with your friends, but the conversations, like the movies that inspire them, tend to sound the same. For every innocent who professes amazement, there will be a wiseguy who says he saw it coming all along and an earnest analyst who picks the whole thing apart, looking for clues, … [Read more...] about FILM REVIEW; The Fear Is Color-Coded And the Forest Is Scary
See the article in its original context from February 9, 1986 Section Page Buy Reprints View on timesmachine TimesMachine is an exclusive benefit for home delivery and digital subscribers. About the Archive This is a digitized version of an article from The Times’s print archive, before the start of online publication in 1996. To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit or update them. Occasionally the digitization process introduces transcription errors or other problems; we are continuing to work to improve these archived versions. THE ENGLISH department at Yale used to resemble a sort of English country estate. It included a great house of many wings and rooms (the Elizabethan Pavilion, the Metaphysical Poets Billiard Parlor, the T. S. Eliot Chapel and so forth) and, normally, one entered this house via certain well-marked paths and avenues that ran through a spacious park. The park looked as though Nature had … [Read more...] about THE TYRANNY OF THE YALE CRITICS
Apple, Google, Microsoft and Amazon have created something of a watershed moment in the stock market. They became the four most valuable companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index at the close of trading on Aug. 1, according to S.&P.’s official tally. That meant that tech companies, by one common definition, occupied the four top spots in the market capitalization rankings, a rare and brief occurrence. “It may never have happened before at the close of trading,” said Howard Silverblatt, senior index analyst at S&P Dow Jones Indices. The full history of daily rankings isn’t readily available, however, so we can’t be certain, and such rankings are evanescent, shifting with every tick of the stock market. In fact, on Friday, Amazon dropped back into sixth place. But no matter: The early August rankings were a reminder of how far tech has come. It is a dominant force in the stock market and the economy, one so all-encompassing that tech may no longer even be a … [Read more...] about When Every Company Is a Tech Company, Does the Label Matter?