HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 5, 2009 ? Dr. Marion Hodge, professor of English at High Point University, has published a scholarly essay in the current issue of “The South Carolina Review.”
In his essay, entitled, “Aspects of Invention in James Dickey’s Poems,” Hodge analyzes the poems in which Dickey depicts his philosophies of creativity. While some early poems show a “mystical,? psychologically natural kind of creativity, images and situations appearing apparently without conscious control, many others show the poet struggling to impose his will upon reality, sometimes out of sheer despair at ever overcoming its sorrows, but finding in that creative imposition some consolation, some measure of happiness.
“When a great poet shows the reader, in poems, the variety of ways that he conceives poems, he shows us in powerful language how we, too, might bring forth forms of beauty and truth,” says Hodge. “We might be happier by employing the imaginative force of creative invention.”
Although best known in literary circles as a poet, James Dickey is famous generally as the author of the novel “Deliverance.” He died in 1997.
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