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Exploring the work of writers like William Morris, Emily Dickinson, W. B. Yeats, Ezra Pound, and Gertrude Stein, as well as Laura Riding and Bob Brown, he shows how each exploits the visibilities of language, often by aligning their work with older traditions of so-called Adamic language. McGann argues that in modernist writing, philosophical nominalism emerges as a key aesthetic point of departure. Such writing thus develops a pragmatic and performative "answer to Plato" in the matter of poetry's relation to truth and philosophy.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: English poetry 20th century History and criticism, Modernism (Literature) American poetry 20th century History and criticism, Morris, William, 1834-1896 Influence, Visual poetry History and criticism, Book design History, Art and literature, Printing History