Map of the Mexico City Blues by James T Jones

By James T Jones

In this pioneering severe learn of Jack Kerouac’s book-length poem, Mexico urban Blues—a poetic parallel to the writer’s fictional saga, the Duluoz Legend—James T. Jones makes use of a wealthy and versatile neoformalist method of argue his case for the significance of Kerouac’s not often studied poem. After a short precis of Kerouac’s poetic occupation, Jones embarks on an intensive analyzing of Mexico urban Blues from numerous assorted views: he first makes a speciality of Kerouac’s use of autobiography within the poem after which discusses how Kerouac’s quite a few journeys to Mexico, his conversion to Buddhism, his conception of spontaneous poetics, and his allure to blues and to jazz encouraged the subject, constitution, and sound of Mexico urban Blues.

Jones’s multidimensional explication indicates the formal and thematic complexity of Kerouac’s lengthy poem and demonstrates the most important contribution Mexico urban Blues makes to post–World conflict II American poetry and poetics.

Show description

Read Online or Download Map of the Mexico City Blues PDF

Similar criticism & theory books

Time Machine Search for Dinosaurs (Time Machine Choose Your Own Adventure)

Time desktop look for Dinosaurs (Time computer opt for your personal event)

The Syntax of Norwegian Passive Constructions

This booklet offers an research of the passive phenomenon as a rule and of Norwegian passive buildings particularly. similar subject matters equivalent to English passive buildings and Norwegian ergative buildings also are tested. The research is conducted inside a central authority and Binding framework.

Fieldworks : from place to site in postwar poetics

Fieldworks bargains a old account of the social, rhetorical, and fabric makes an attempt to flooring paintings and poetry within the physicality of a domain. Arguing that place-oriented inquiries allowed poets and artists to advance new, experimental versions of historiography and ethnography, Lytle Shaw attracts out the transferring phrases of this custom from international struggle II to the current via a chain of illuminating case experiences.

The Cambridge introduction to twentieth-century American poetry

The Cambridge creation to Twentieth-Century American Poetry is designed to provide readers a short yet thorough advent to a number of the routine, faculties, and teams of yankee poets within the 20th century. it is going to support readers to appreciate and learn glossy and modern poems. summary: This ebook provides readers a radical creation to the activities and faculties of yank poets within the 20th century.

Additional info for Map of the Mexico City Blues

Sample text

I think Mexico City Blues by itself is worthy of that accolade. Though Kerouac's reputation as a novelist has obscured the value of his poetry, the oral quality of his prose leads one surely back to his verse. The sound of human speech is what Kerouac strove to capture in his fiction, and the sound of human speech is what unifies his most accomplished poem. It is also the sound of human speech that resolves the many conflicting themes of his works and makes his prose and poetry, finally, one. Page 22 3 Auto/Biography Truth in the long run is to him the picture of the world which was born at his birth.

As Allen's editorial correspondence in this volume makes clear, Kerouac recognized his own propensity for the poetic sequence. He spent a good deal of time trying to arrange his sequences and to make sure they were kept in tact when published. Heaven, in fact, reprints the eight choruses from Mexico City Blues that were published in Allen's landmark 1960 anthology, New American Poetry. Here, Kerouac tried to give them another kind of organization by replacing the chorus numbers with colors. " The others are colored Rose, Black, Gray, Blue, Green, Red, and Brown, giving the excerpted choruses a new order with reference to Kerouac's color symbolism, perhaps indicating a regression to childhood.

When City Lights publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti rejected the "Book of Blues" (the manuscript of which is still apparently in his possession) on the grounds that it didn't qualify as poetry, Kerouac was outraged, according to Nicosia: "Although Kerouac himself was aware of the prosaic tendencies of his poetryand felt that he could say what he wanted more exactly in prosehe was always outraged to hear similar criticism coming from someone Page 20 else" (564). Once, in a letter to James Laughlin, founder of New Directions, Kerouac explained: "All my books are as it were poetry sheeted in narrative steel" (Nicosia 545).

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.53 of 5 – based on 7 votes