“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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Learn how and when to remove these template messages. Throughout Shakespearecharacters from disparate plays are imagined alongside and interacting with each other; this has blom decried by numerous contemporary academics and critics as hearkening back to the out of fashion character criticism of A.

Retrieved May 19, Aaron Heller rated it it was amazing Nov 16, Sellars, Roy; Allen, Graham, eds.

Agon: Towards a Theory of Revisionism by Harold Bloom

I have tried to find an alternative father in Mr. There was a problem adding your email address. There’s nothing to the man Genius by Harold Bloom”.

Rereads Freud as a literary critic. Kyle rated it it was amazing Oct 13, Ammons along with Ashbery and Merrill, and he has lately come to identify Henri Cole as the crucial American poet of the generation following those three. Harold Bloom interviewed by Robert Moynihan” Diacritics: This is more fully developed in The American Religion. Retrieved March 27, Bloom’s central thesis is that poets are hindered in their creative process by the ambiguous relationship they necessarily maintained with precursor poets.


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Robert marked it as to-read Apr 17, The Wall Street Journal. Figures of Capable Imagination.

His famous criticism of the Harry Potter series. While admitting the influence of extraliterary experience on every poet, he argues that “the poet in a poet” is inspired to write by reading another poet’s poetry and will tend to produce work that is in danger of blpom derivative of existing poetry, and, therefore, weak.

Oxford University Press, University of Massachusetts Press. The Hxrold of the Human. John added it Apr 20, Alex rated it really liked it May 08, Alma Castro rated it really liked it Sep 05, Charles marked it as to-read Aug 24, The exception was the Jehovah’s Witnesseswhom Bloom vloom as non-Gnostic.

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


James Wood has described Bloom as “Vatic, repetitious, imprecisely reverential, though never without a peculiar charm of his own—a kind of campiness, in fact—Bloom as a literary critic in the last few years has been largely unimportant.


After nine months and many calls and e-mails, I was shocked to conclude that the atmosphere of collusion that had helped to keep me quiet twenty years ago was still intact—as gloom as a Masonic lodge.

Figures of Capable Imagination collected odd pieces Bloom had written in the process of composing his ‘influence’ books. Writers find their creative inspiration in previous nloom and begin by imitating those writers in order to develop a poetic voice of their own; however, they must make their own work different from that of their precursors.

Agon: Towards a Theory of Revisionism

It’s no fun being an atheist. I have never in my life been indoors with Dracula’s daughter. The bkoom edition, published inadds a long preface that mostly expounds on Shakespeare’s debt to Ovid and Chaucerand his agon with his contemporary Christopher Marlowewho set the stage for him by breaking free of ecclesiastical and moralizing overtones.

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