His reputation as a major poet was established in the s in three collections, The Opening of the FieldRoots and Branchesand Bending the Bowwhich contain many of the enduring masterpieces of mythopoeic verse. While there, he drifted to the political left and began writing poems on social issues and class conflict.
After his biological mother died giving birth to him, Duncan was adopted by a couple who practiced theosophy, an occult religion popularized in the late nineteenth century by a controversial figure who called herself Madame Blavatsky W. Inhe briefly attended Black Mountain College, but left after a dispute with faculty over the Spanish Civil War.
He studied Medieval and Renaissance literature at Berkeley. Edit Although a student of H. Point to the one that is really there. Jack Spicer and Robin Blaser were together devising their concept of a "serial form" for poems linked by repeating themes, images, and phrases, while Kenneth Rexroth was holding his literary and anarchist meetings, which Duncan, Blaser, and a host of others attended.
He began writing poems inspired in part by his left wing politics and acquired a reputation as a bohemian. His Selected Poems was published posthumously, as was his volume of collected writings, and personal tribute to the work of H. Scales of the Marvelous Edit Although a student of H.
Overview[ edit ] Not only a poet, but also a public intellectualDuncan's presence was felt across many facets of popular culture. Good criticism is still sparse, but a useful introduction is Mark Andrew Johnson, Robert Duncanand a collection of essays edited by Bertholf and Ian W. Cooney was less fond of its pagan tendencies.
There will be a total of six volumes including The H. Duncan's essay is considered a pioneering treatise on the experience of homosexuals in American society given its appearance a full decade before any organized gay rights movement Mattachine Society. Poetry was akin to collage in its gathering of many sources, including other poetry, to form its visionary whole.
Book which appeared in magazines over the years. There were terms for his adoption that had to be met: Duncan returned to Berkeley in One image to the right and above the other. During the later part of his life, Duncan's work, published by City Lights and New Directionscame to be distributed worldwide, and his influence as a poet is evident today in both mainstream and avant-garde writing.
The article identified the plight of the homosexual with that of the Negro and the Jew in contemporary society and denounced not only the persecutors but the cult of homosexual superiority that rejected the straight world.
After Bending the Bow, he vowed to avoid the distraction of publication for 15 years. His cause as poet was to denounce "dead Christianity," the prejudices against minorities and sexual freedom, and the exploitation of the working classes. They renamed him Robert Edward Symmes; it was only after a psychiatric discharge from the army in that he formed the composite of his previous names and became Robert Edward Duncan.
Social redemption lay in inclusiveness and love, he argued, as he regrounded his poetry in an ever-widening context of rejected experience.
His mother, Marguerite Pearl Duncan, had died in childbirth and his father was unable to afford him, so in he was adopted by Edwin and Minnehaha Symmes, a family of devout Theosophists. Duncan grew up in an atmosphere of seances, meetings of the Hermetic Brotherhood, and a library of occult literature.
Mature works Edit During the s, Duncan achieved considerable artistic and critical success with three books; The Opening of the FieldRoots and Branchesand Bending the Bow Theosophy, which promotes belief in reincarnation and an "essential oneness" of spirit, draws from world religions and philosophy.
Inhe briefly attended Black Mountain Collegebut left after a dispute with faculty on the subject of the Spanish Civil War. Duncan and homosexuality Edit Long before it was safe to do so, Duncan "came out" in both his personal and public lives.
The essay, in which Duncan compared the plight of homosexuals with that of African Americans and Jews, was published in Dwight Macdonald 's journal politics. Poetry was akin to collage in its gathering of many sources, including other poetry, to form its visionary whole.
He was also told that in his lifetime he would witness a second death of civilization through a holocaust. Point to the one that is really there. Social redemption lay in inclusiveness and love, he argued, as he regrounded his poetry in an ever-widening context of rejected experience.
These are generally considered to be his most significant works. While there, he drifted to the political left and began writing poems on social issues and class conflict.
The book includes short lyric poems, a recurring sequence of prose poems called "The Structure of Rime," and a long poem called "Poem Beginning with a Line by Pindar.
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Extract. Duncan, Robert Edward (07 January –03 February ), poet, was born Edward Howard Duncan in Oakland, California, the son of Edward Howard Duncan, a day laborer, and Marguerite Pearl Carpenter, who died at childbirth. Robert Duncan was born in Oakland, California, on January 7,to Marguerite Wesley and Edward Howard Duncan.
His mother died immediately following his birth as a result of an influenza. Described by Kenneth Rexroth as “one of the most accomplished, one of the most influential” of the postwar American poets, Robert Duncan was an important part of both the Black Mountain school of poetry, led by Charles Olson, and the San Francisco Renaissance, whose other members included poets Jack Spicer and Robin Blaser.
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