Argument & Song: Sources and Silences in Poetry

Handsel, 2003

This volume collects fifteen of Plumly's previously published essays on poetry and art, including the seminal "Chapter and Verse," "Sentimental Forms," and "The Abrupt Edge." Meditating on poems by Keats, Stevens, James Wright, Plath, and Matthews, on Emily Brontë's prose, and paintings by Whistler, Plumly returns again and again to essential matters: the impulses, occasions, and places of which art arises and the forms by which imagination gives it shape.