What is elliptical poetry?

Elliptical Poetry

Elliptical Poetry or ellipticism is a literary-critical term introduced by critic Stephen Burt in a 1998 essay in Boston Review on Susan Wheeler, and expanded upon in an eponymous essay in American Letters & Commentary. Since the publication of that essay, and a number of accompanying responses in the same journal, "Elliptical Poetry", "ellipticism" and "elliptical poets" have entered the critical discussion of contemporary American poetry as a significant point of reference; Wheeler notes in an introduction to Burt at the Poetry Society "hearing, on several spooky occasions, in conferences with graduate students, 'but I want to be an elliptical poet.'"

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... Elliptical Poetry or ellipticism is a literary-critical term introduced by critic Stephen Burt in a 1998 essay in Boston Review on Susan Wheeler, and ... responses in the same journal, "Elliptical Poetry", "ellipticism" and "elliptical poets" have entered the critical discussion of contemporary American poetry as a ... Elliptical poems shift drastically between low (or slangy) and high (or naively 'poetic') diction ...

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