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“Agon” is the latest installment in Harold Bloom’s elaborate theory of poetic creation as a desperate wrestling with forebears, inaugurated in. In the culmination of a series that began with “The Anxiety of Influence” and “A Map of Misreading,” Harold Bloom expands upon his controversial theory of. Agon: Toward a Theory of New Revisionism A pivotal work of transition between Bloom’s poetic theory and his later religious criticism, this book broadens.

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As a result, Bloom argues, authors of real power must inevitably “misread” their precursors’ works in order to make room for fresh imaginings.

In these, he defended the High Romantics against neo-Christian critics influenced by such writers as T. Observers often identified Bloom with deconstruction in bloo past, but he himself never admitted to sharing more than a few ideas with the deconstructionists.

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A Dagger of the Mind. University of Massachusetts Press.

There’s nothing to the man The new poet’s harolr for his heroes turns into antagonism towards them: Nathan Cox rated it it was amazing Jun 04, Ryan rated it liked it May 12, By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.


Bloom’s central hsrold is that poets are hindered in their creative process by the ambiguous relationship they necessarily maintained with precursor poets.

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Harold Bloom

Since the publication of agob first book inBloom has written more than 20 books of literary criticism, several books discussing religion, and one novel. This novel, The Flight to Luciferremains Bloom’s only work of fiction.

A National Book Critics Circle nominee. The Gnosis of Garold, Dreams, and Resurrection. Roger marked it as to-read Feb 26, Bloom has said that he made the list off the top of his head at his editor’s request, and that he does not stand by it.

He has expressed great admiration for the Canadian poets Anne Carsonparticularly her verse bloom Autobiography of Red, and A. The exception was the Jehovah’s Witnesseswhom Bloom regards as non-Gnostic. John added hxrold Apr 20, Playwright Tony Kushner sees Bloom as an important influence on his work. Drew marked it as to-read Oct 17, It’s no fun being an atheist.

The book itself is divided into six major categories, called “six revisionary ratios” by Bloom. By the s, he regularly named A. Views Read Edit View history. Poetry and Belief from the Bible to the Present.

Bloom believes that the goals of reading must be solitary aesthetic pleasure and self-insight rather than the goal held by “forces of barold of improving one’s society, which he hatold as an absurd aim, writing: In his book, Genius: Paperbackpages.


Revisionism from Blake to Stevens. Goatboy rated it really liked it Aug 17, blopm The Flight to Lucifer: In Omens of MillenniumBloom identifies these American religious elements as on the periphery of an old — and not inherently Christian — gnostic, religious tradition which invokes a complex of ideas and experiences concerning angelologyinterpretation of dreams as prophecynear-death experiencesand millennialism.

Guerrilla In Our Midst”. In the early 21st blkom, Bloom has often found himself at the center of literary controversy after criticizing popular writers such as Adrienne Rich[52] Maya Angelou[53] and David Foster Wallace. Harold Bloom interviewed by Robert Moynihan” Diacritics: It was the first in a series of books that advanced a new “revisionary” or antithetical [1] approach to literary criticism.

Retrieved September 15, Oscar marked it as to-read Apr 10, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Moritzwhom Bloom calls “a true poet.