The Apple Trees at Olema

As with all of the collections of this great artist’s work, published far too infrequently, The Apple Trees at Olema is a cause for celebration.


Author: Robert Hass

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780061986154

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 368

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“No practicing poet has more talent than Robert Hass.” —Atlantic Monthly The National Book Award-winning author of Time and Materials, Robert Hass is one of the most revered of all living poets. With The Apple Trees at Olema, the former Poet Laureate and winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize offers twenty new and selected poems grounded in the beauty of the physical world. As with all of the collections of this great artist’s work, published far too infrequently, The Apple Trees at Olema is a cause for celebration.

Regions of Unlikeness

A striking example of reflecting on ( or playing out ) the distance within marriage is “ The Apple Trees at Olema ” ( HW , 39-40 ) . As the poet narrates the story of a couple's shifting , noncoincident responses to two neglected apples ...


Author: Thomas Gardner

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803221762

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 315

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In Regions of Unlikeness Thomas Gardner explores the ways a number of quite different twentieth-century American poets, including Elizabeth Bishop, John Ashbery, Robert Hass, Jorie Graham, and Michael Palmer, frame their work as taking place within, and being brought to life by, an acknowledgment of the limits of language. Gardner approaches their poetry in light of philosopher Stanley Cavell?s remarkably similar engagement with the issues of skepticism and linguistic finitude. The skeptic?s refusal to settle for anything less than perfect knowledge of the world, Cavell maintains, amounts to a refusal to accept the fact of human finitude. Gardner argues that both Cavell and the poets he discusses reject skepticism?s world-erasing conclusions but nonetheless honor the truth about the limits of knowledge that skepticism keeps alive. In calling attention to the limits of such acts as describing or remembering, the poets Gardner examines attempt to renew language by teasing a charged drama out of their inability to grasp with certainty. ø Juxtaposed with Gardner?s readings of the work of the younger poets are his interviews with them. In many ways, these conversations are at the core of Gardner?s book, demonstrating the wide-ranging implications of the struggles and mappings enacted in the poems. The interviews are themselves examples of the charged intimacy Gardner deals with in his readings.

Relicts of a Beautiful Sea

Pp. 18–19 in The Apple Trees at Olema: New and Selected Poems. HarperCollins, New York, NY. ———. 2011. “. . . white of forgetfulness, white of safety.” Pp. 322–23 in The Apple Trees at Olema: New and Selected Poems.


Author: Christopher Norment

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 9781469618661

Category: Nature

Page: 288

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Relicts of a Beautiful Sea: Survival, Extinction, and Conservation in a Desert World

Renegotiating Ethics in Literature Philosophy and Theory

13 ) , but its loss of active direction traps the poet in the fear that he is inseparable from the figure of a ... Take for example the opening of his ' Apple Trees at Olema ' : They are walking in the woods along the coast And in a ...


Author: Jane Adamson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521629381

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 294

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An international cast of philosophers and literary theorists addresses questions of ethics and literary criticism.

Poetry the Dictionary

Faber & Faber Ltd and Harcourt for permission to quote from T. S. Eliot, The Poems of T. S. Eliot, ed. by Christopher ... Bloodaxe Books for permission to quote from Robert Hass, The Apple Trees at Olema: New and Selected Poems (2011).


Author: Andrew Blades

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9781789624670

Category: Literary Criticism


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Poetry is an ancient verbal art, which has its roots in the oral epics and fragments that survive from classical times. Dictionaries of English, by contrast, are a comparatively recent phenomenon, beginning with the 'hard words' that Robert Cawdrey gathered in A Table Alphabeticall in 1604 and extending to the present edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, with its ongoing revisions. This innovative collection of essays is the first volume to explore the ways in which dictionaries have stimulated the imaginations of modern and contemporary poets from Britain, Ireland, and America, while also considering how poetry has itself been a rich source of material for lexicographers. As well as gauging the influence of major dictionaries like the OED, the essays single out encounters with more specialised works and broach uses of words that are not typically included in dictionaries. In doing so, the contributors not only cast familiar questions of ambiguity and etymology in a fresh light, but they also reveal a number of surprising and energising points of contact, from Hugh MacDiarmid's rediscovery of Scots to Tina Darragh's visual appropriations of dictionary pages. As such, Poetry & the Dictionary will prove an indispensable volume for all readers - academic or not - who find themselves fascinated by the language's many involutions.

A Study Guide for Robert Hass s The World as Will and Representation

The Apple Trees at Olema: New and Selected Poems was published in 2010. Hass has also worked as a translator on seven volumes of poetry with the Nobel Laureate, Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz. His collaboration with Milosz was a deep ...


Author: Gale, Cengage Learning

Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning

ISBN: 9781410351197

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 25

View: 950

A Study Guide for Robert Hass's "The World as Will and Representation," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Poetry for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Poetry for Students for all of your research needs.

The Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry in English

In 2011, Hass was hit with a police baton during a student protest at Berkeley, an experience that he wrote about in the New York Times. See The Apple Trees at Olema: New and Selected Poems (Ecco, 2010; Bloodaxe, 2011) and What Light ...


Author: Jeremy Noel-Tod

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199640256

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 705

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Provides over 1,700 biographies of influential poets writing in English from 1910 to the present day, exploring the influences, inspirations, and movements that have shaped their works and lives.

The Penguin Book of the Prose Poem

LEE HARWOOD: 'The Land of Counterpane' from Collected Poems (Shearsman, 1985) reprinted by permission of the publisher and author. ROBERT HASS: 'Human Wishes' from The Apple Trees at Olema: New and Selected Poems (HarperCollins/Ecco, ...


Author: Jeremy Noel-Tod

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780241285800

Category: Poetry

Page: 480

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'A wonderful book - an invigorating revelation ... An essential collection of prose poems from across the globe, by old masters and new, reveals the form's astonishing range' Kate Kellaway, Observer The prose poem has proven one of the most innovative and versatile poetic forms of recent years. In the century-and-a-half since Charles Baudelaire, Emma Lazarus, Oscar Wilde and Ivan Turgenev spread the notion of a new kind of poetry, this 'genre with an oxymoron for a name' has attracted and beguiled many of our most beloved writers. Yet it has long remained a hidden territory - and even now, this peculiarly rich and expansive form can strike many contemporary readers as something of a mystery. Here, Jeremy Noel-Tod reconstructs the history of the prose poem for us by selecting the essential pieces of writing - by turns luminous, brooding, lamentatory and comic - which have defined and developed it at each stage, covering a greater chronological sweep and international range than any previous anthology of its kind. In The Penguin Book of the Prose Poem, Margaret Atwood rubs shoulders with Claudia Rankine; Lu Xun and Rabindranath Tagore take seats in the family tree above Seamus Heaney and Simon Armitage; and Czeslaw Milosz sits just pages from Eileen Myles.

The Squaw Valley Review 2012

His other recent books include his selected poems, The Apple Trees at Olema (Ecco/HarperCollins), Time and Materials (Ecco/ HarperCollins), which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and his edition of Walt ...


Author: Phillip Barron


ISBN: 9780988895324



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Monticello in Mind

tip jar at Starbucks. ... Robert Hass (1941) is the author of The Apple Trees at Olema: Selected Poems and What Light Can Do: Selected Essays. He is Professor of English at the University of California at Berkeley.


Author: Lisa Russ Spaar

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

ISBN: 9780813939216

Category: Poetry

Page: 168

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Thomas Jefferson was a figure both central and polarizing in his own time, and despite the passage of two centuries he remains so today. Author of the Declaration of Independence and the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, yet at the same time a slaveholder who likely fathered six children by one of his slaves, Jefferson has been seen as an embodiment of both the best and the worst in America’s conception and in its history. In Monticello in Mind, poet Lisa Russ Spaar collects fifty contemporary poems--most original to this anthology--that engage the complex legacy of Thomas Jefferson and his plantation home at Monticello. Many of these poems wrestle with the history of race and freedom at the heart of both Jefferson’s story and America’s own. Others consider Jefferson as a figure of Enlightenment rationalism, who scrupulously excised evidence of the supernatural from the gospels in order to construct his own version of Jesus’s moral teachings. Still others approach Jefferson as an early colonizer of the West, whose purchase of the Louisiana territory and launch of the Lewis and Clark expedition anticipated the era of Manifest Destiny. Featuring a roster of poets both emerging and established--including Lucille Clifton, Rita Dove, Claudia Emerson, Terrance Hayes, Robert Hass, Yusef Komunyakaa, Tracy K. Smith, Natasha Tretheway, Charles Wright, and Kevin Young--this collection offers an aesthetically and culturally diverse range of perspectives on a man whose paradoxes still abide at the heart of the American experiment.

How to Be Eaten by a Lion

... “After This” and “Lucky” were nominated for the 2008 Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers from the Writer's Trust of Canada. The epigraph from Robert Hass is from “Songs to Survive the Summer” in The Apple Trees at Olema, ...


Author: Michael Johnson

Publisher: Harbour Publishing

ISBN: 9780889710696

Category: Poetry

Page: 96

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From the monk who sets himself on fire in a crowded intersection of Saigon (“the familiar corded tendons of his hands, become / a bracken of ashes, a carbon twine of burnt”), to the salmon run in British Columbia (“The salmon word / for home is glacierdust and once-tall trees unlimbed, / a taste, no matter where, they know”), Johnson writes of topics varied and eclectic, unified by a focus on moments both declining and revenant. Startling and haunting, the poems delve into the ways in which these moments are transformative, beautiful and unexpected. Being eaten by a lion is a gift rather than a loss, an opportunity for grace: “Instead, focus on your life, / its crimson liquor he grows drunk on. / Notice the way the red highlights his face, / how the snub nose is softened, the lips made / fuller; notice his deft musculature, his rapture.” Lyrical and rich with visceral imagery, How to Be Eaten by a Lion lingers, exploring the world with an eye for detail and an ear for music.

Encyclopedia of American Poetry The Twentieth Century

Acouple in “The Apple Trees at Olema” comes upon“two old neglected apple trees” as they walk along the California coast.The limbs look rotten, but the trees are “wild with blossom and a green fire /of small new leaves.


Author: Eric L. Haralson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317763215

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 866

View: 755

The Encyclopedia of American Poetry: The Twentieth Century contains over 400 entries that treat a broad range of individual poets and poems, along with many articles devoted to topics, schools, or periods of American verse in the century. Entries fall into three main categories: poet entries, which provide biographical and cultural contexts for the author's career; entries on individual works, which offer closer explication of the most resonant poems in the 20th-century canon; and topical entries, which offer analyses of a given period of literary production, school, thematically constructed category, or other verse tradition that historically has been in dialogue with the poetry of the United States.

The Life of Words

Excerpts from Complete Poems by R. F. Langley, ©2015 The Estate of R. F. Langley, reprinted by permission of Carcanet Press Ltd. Excerpts from The Apple Trees at Olema: New and Selected Poems by Robert Hass, ©2011 Robert Hass, ...


Author: David-Antoine Williams

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780198812470

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 320

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For centuries, investigations into the origins of words were entwined with investigations into the origins of humanity and the cosmos. With the development of modern etymological practice in the nineteenth century, however, many cherished etymologies were shown to be impossible, and the very idea of original 'true meaning' asserted in the etymology of 'etymology' declared a fallacy. Structural linguistics later held that the relationship between sound and meaning in language was 'arbitrary', or 'unmotivated', a truth that has survived with small modification until today. On the other hand, the relationship between sound and meaning has been a prime motivator of poems, at all times throughout history. The Life of Words studies a selection of poets inhabiting our 'Age of the Arbitrary', whose auditory-semantic sensibilities have additionally been motivated by a historical sense of the language, troubled as it may be by claims and counterclaims of 'fallacy' or 'true meaning'. Arguing that etymology activates peculiar kinds of epistemology in the modern poem, the book pays extended attention to poems by G. M. Hopkins, Anne Waldman, Ciaran Carson, and Anne Carson, and to the collected works of Geoffrey Hill, Paul Muldoon, Seamus Heaney, R. F. Langley, and J. H. Prynne.

The Well Educated Mind A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had Updated and Expanded

ROBERT HASS (1941–) Recommended edition: The Apple Trees at Olema: New and Selected Poems (Ecco, reprint edition, 2011). Be sure to read: “Meditation at Lagunitas,” “Songs to Survive the Summer,” “Between the Wars,” “Faint Music,” ...


Author: Susan Wise Bauer

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393253917

Category: Education

Page: 480

View: 706

The enduring and engaging guide to educating yourself in the classical tradition. Have you lost the art of reading for pleasure? Are there books you know you should read but haven’t because they seem too daunting? In The Well-Educated Mind, Susan Wise Bauer provides a welcome and encouraging antidote to the distractions of our age, electronic and otherwise. Newly expanded and updated to include standout works from the twenty-first century as well as essential readings in science (from the earliest works of Hippocrates to the discovery of the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs), The Well-Educated Mind offers brief, entertaining histories of six literary genres—fiction, autobiography, history, drama, poetry, and science—accompanied by detailed instructions on how to read each type. The annotated lists at the end of each chapter—ranging from Cervantes to Cormac McCarthy, Herodotus to Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Aristotle to Stephen Hawking—preview recommended reading and encourage readers to make vital connections between ancient traditions and contemporary writing. The Well-Educated Mind reassures those readers who worry that they read too slowly or with below-average comprehension. If you can understand a daily newspaper, there’s no reason you can’t read and enjoy Shakespeare’s sonnets or Jane Eyre. But no one should attempt to read the “Great Books” without a guide and a plan. Bauer will show you how to allocate time to reading on a regular basis; how to master difficult arguments; how to make personal and literary judgments about what you read; how to appreciate the resonant links among texts within a genre—what does Anna Karenina owe to Madame Bovary?—and also between genres. In her best-selling work on home education, The Well-Trained Mind, the author provided a road map of classical education for parents wishing to home-school their children; that book is now the premier resource for home-schoolers. In The Well-Educated Mind, Bauer takes the same elements and techniques and adapts them to the use of adult readers who want both enjoyment and self-improvement from the time they spend reading. Followed carefully, her advice will restore and expand the pleasure of the written word.

The Apple Trees at Olema

As well as gathering new poems, this collection also showcases the poet's best and most respected work.


Author: Robert Hass


ISBN: 1852248971

Category: American poetry

Page: 368

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Robert Hass is an American poet of great eloquence, clarity, and force whose work is rooted in the landscapes of his native Northern California. The Apple Trees at Olema includes work from five books - Field Guide, Praise, Human Wishes, Sun Under Wood and Time and Materials - as well as a substantial gathering of new poems, including a suite of elegies, a series of poems in the form of notebook musings on the nature of storytelling, a suite of summer lyrics, and two experiments in pure narrative that meditate on personal relations in a violent world and read like small, luminous novellas. From the beginning, his poems have seemed entirely his own: a complex hybrid of the lyric line, with an unwavering fidelity to human and non-human nature, and formal variety and surprise, and a syntax capable of thinking through difficult things in ways that are both perfectly ordinary and really unusual. Over the years, he has added to these qualities a range and a formal restlessness that seem to come from a sceptical turn of mind, an acute sense of the artifice of the poem and of the complexity of the world of lived experience that a poem tries to apprehend. Hass's work is grounded in the beauty of the physical world. His familiar landscapes - San Francisco, the northern California coast, the Sierra high country - are vividly alive in his work. His themes include art, the natural world, desire, family life, the life between lovers, the violence of history, and the power and inherent limitations of language. He is a poet who is trying to say, as fully as he can, what it is like to be alive in his place and time. His style - formed in part by American modernism, in part by his long apprenticeship as a translator of the Japanese haiku masters and Czeslaw Milosz - combines intimacy of address, a quick intelligence, a virtuosic skill with long sentences, intense sensual vividness, and a light touch.

The Best American Poetry 2011

Robert Hass: “August Notebook: A Death” from The Apple Trees at Olema. © 2010 by Robert Hass. Reprinted by permission of Ecco/ HarperCollins. Also appeared in The Paris Review. Terrance Hayes: “Lighthead's Guide to the Galaxy” from ...


Author: David Lehman

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439181515

Category: Poetry

Page: 240

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The latest installment of the yearly anthology of contemporary American poetry that has achieved brand-name status in the literary world.

Rhyme s Challenge

Demonstrating this principle, the poem borrows its title from Robert Hass's collection, Human Wishes, an otherwise surprising choice given the fact that Robbins witheringly reviewed Hass's The Apple Trees at Olema: New and Selected ...


Author: David Caplan

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199364268

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 176

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Rhyme's Challenge offers a concise, pithy primer to hip-hop poetics while presenting a spirited defense of rhyme in contemporary American poetry. David Caplan's stylish study examines hip-hop's central but supposedly outmoded verbal technique: rhyme. At a time when print-based poets generally dismiss formal rhyme as old-fashioned and bookish, hip-hop artists deftly deploy it as a way to capture the contemporary moment. Rhyme accommodates and colorfully chronicles the most conspicuous conditions and symbols of contemporary society: its products, technologies, and personalities. Ranging from Shakespeare and Wordsworth to Eminem and Jay-Z, David Caplan's study demonstrates the continuing relevance of rhyme to poetry -- and everyday life.

The Fact of the Cage

58 Postmodernism , Wallace suggested , is “ fiction's fall from biblical grace , ” Conversations , 30. Any subsequent writing must ... See Robert Hass , The Apple Trees at Olema : New and Selected Poems ( New York : Ecco , 2011 ) , 79 .


Author: Karl A. Plank

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000338966

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 204

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David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest raised expectations of what a novel might do. As he understood fiction to aim at what it means to be human, so he hoped his work might relieve the loneliness of human suffering. In that light, The Fact of the Cage shows how Wallace’s masterpiece dramatizes the condition of encagement and how it comes to be met by "Abiding" and through inter-relational acts of speaking and hearing, touching, and facing. Revealing Wallace’s theology of a "boneless Christ," The Fact of the Cage wagers that reading such a novel as Infinite Jest makes available to readers the redemption glimpsed in its pages, that reading fiction has ethical and religious significance—in short, that reading Infinite Jest makes one better. As such, Plank’s work takes steps to defend the ethics of fiction, the vital relation between religion and literature, and why one just might read at all.

The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature

... Materials: Poems 1997–2005 (2007), which won the National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize; and The Apple Trees at Olema (2010). From 1995 to 1997, he served as the United States Poet Laureate and became an advocate for ecoliteracy.


Author: James D. Hart

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192570413

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 640

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For nearly half a century, James D. Hart's Oxford Companion to American Literature has offered a matchless guided tour through American literary culture, both past and present, with brief biographies of important authors, descriptions of important literary movements, and a wealth of information on other aspects of American literary life and history from the Colonial period to the present day. In this second edition of the Concise version, Wendy Martin and Danielle Hinrichs bring the work up to date to more fully reflect the diversity of the subject. Their priorities have been, foremost, to fully represent the impact of writers of color and women writers on the field of American literature, and to increase the usefulness of the work to students of literary theory. To this end, over 230 new entries have been added, including many that cover women authors; Native American, African American, Asian American, Latino/a, and other contemporary ethnic literatures; LGBT, trans, and queer studies; and recent literary movements and evolving areas of contemporary relevance such as eco-criticism, disability studies, whiteness studies, male/masculinity studies, and diaspora studies.

On Exploring Craft

(From Praise: reprinted in The Apple Trees at Olema). Can praise then, may be the best course of action? Light in August (LIA), situated in Faulkner's fictional Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi during late Prohibition is a meditation ...


Author: Beatrice L. Bridglall

Publisher: UPA

ISBN: 9780761866756

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 102

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This book explores the parallel concepts in Architecture and Literature where writers are the architects of language, designing their narratives brick by brick, and giving care and consideration to each individual word as well as their collective purpose and meaning. Bridglall examines Hass, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Hemingway, amongst many others.