Charles Olson: Contribution as American Poet

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      Charles Olson (1910-1970) was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, and educated at Harvard, Yale and Wesleyan universities. In 1948, he took a position in the experimental Black Mountain College in North Carolina and from 1951 to 1956 was rector there advocating ‘open forms’ and composition by field’ which abandoned the conventional meter. This became widely influential and attracted a number of poets. His important collections are - The Mountain Poems (1953), Maximus Poems 11-22 (1956) and a single edition contain poems 11-22 and simply entitled The Maximus Poems (1960). The first complete edition of Maximus poems got published in 1983. Also, he wrote some significant prose and books of criticism. In addition, to the projective spontaneity of Charles Olson but his own poetry creates intimate, almost reclusive spaces through well-tuned minimalism. He avoids using symbolism to concentrate on the unreliability of perception, love, and self-doubt in elliptical but simple language. Jazz also has been a major influence on his poetry.

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