Like the cosmologies of Blake and Dante or archaic creation lore, The Descent of Alette is a fully embodied universe, with its own terrain and. The Descent of Alette (Penguin Poets) [Alice Notley] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Decent Of Alette is a rich odyssey of. Not the least of Alice Notley’s acute dilemmas in writing The Descent of Alette is an extreme crisis of form: the crisis of how to take on what Notley deems to be a.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Create a free website or blog at WordPress. The Owl, whom Alette repeatedly, though tentatively, identifies with her father, claims to have originally been an ordinary man. Trivia About The Descent of Al Which is not to say that Descent.

Written and edited by Andrew Epstein Follow this blog on Facebook. She uses quotation marks in every line of every page to establish a specific rhythm in the reader’s mind. Endnotes are given at the end of this file. In the end I really enjoyed this work. She is an assistant editor for Verseto which she also contributes reviews. Mar 26, Jordan rated it it was amazing Shelves: The mansion of the Tyrant was another great juxtaposition to the horror of the underground and the rest of the world.

This is an admirable novel in lyric.

The Descent of Alette by Alice Notley

When descen is such an emphasis upon figurative meanings there can get to the point where even the basic actions of the main character need to have great significance. Return to Book Page. But the showdown seemed so dashed off, that any kinds of answers to societal problems was unclear and undercut.


Traveling deeper and deeper, she is on a journey of continual transformation, encountering a series of fi In “The Descent of Alette,” Alice Notley presents a feminist epic, a bold journey into the deeper realms.

The Mother says cringe-inducing things like: There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Books by Alice Notley. The author’s note made perfect sense, however there were many times over the course of the book that the apostrophes feel like they lose their meaning or are not placed where o, logically, should probably be.

It is made available here without charge for personal use only. It is the specific episodes of Alette’s journey, and not the overarching narrative, that provide depth and color. Notley herself explains in an Author’s Note that the quotations are meant to make the reader “slow down and silently articulate” the phrases with the stresses that the poet intends, as well as to remind the reader that each phrase is “a thing said by a voice Oct 25, Keight rated it really liked it Shelves: Ins This is an admirable novel in lyric.

For metaphor junkies, it can provide hours of stimulating and thought provoking analysis.

Alice Notley creates new archetypes, and gives new jobs to old ones. Some of the allegory was qui Read at the suggestion of a dear writer friend. As with all aspects of the text, no explanation or background is given.


The Descent of Alette

It is an epic poem that compels other “subway poems” to grovel for its affection. This site slette cookies. Lists with This Book. I was amazed and dismayed.

Clearly, in a post-Freudian age, the snake is the most overt symbol of the phallic, of the will to a decidedly masculinist power. Open Preview See a Problem?

Usually I let writing speak for itself – if it’s good writing, it will be powerful by itself without needing to force the reader to look at it under a alettee, in this case the apostrophes.

‘I see’ ‘with my voice’:

Oc 11, Paula rated it it was amazing Shelves: Chronologically, Descent follows its protagonist through a subway system that traps its riders and never opens to the world above, into a system of caves filled with otherworldly denizens, into a vast underworld, and finally to the home of the Tyrant — alegte mysterious man who we know, from the first page, owns the souls of everyone in this strange universe.

Apr 02, Jacob Wren rated it it was amazing. Like children chasing each other with capes aleette plastic swords, it doesn’t matter why we must kill the ogre — we know the nature of ogres, and that is enough. To those who say the quotations are too distracting, annoying, hard to read, get over it and read it.

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