Versions of Ascesis in Louise Glück's Poetry

  title={Versions of Ascesis in Louise Gl{\"u}ck's Poetry},
  author={R. Baker},
  journal={The Cambridge Quarterly},
  pages={131 - 154}
  • R. Baker
  • Published 2018
  • History
  • The Cambridge Quarterly
Abstract:Nearly all of Louise Glück's readers have recognised an ascetic bearing in the formal spareness of her work. This essay traces three versions of ascesis expressed in her poetry: first, a practice of self-assertion through self-denial, involving a quest for independence, given forceful expression in Glück's early books; second, an art of seeing through illusion, or an art of reduction, an art that shapes in particular Averno and A Village Life; and third, a path to reawakened openness… Expand


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