Myths Texts by Gary SnyderSnyders book-length poem can be called mythopoeia; creating modern myth based upon modern culture and history. Snyders previous work and environmental concerns form the background of his mythic poem. The three religions, Buddhism, Christianity, and Judaism reflect his beliefs in his work. I had to read the work twice. The first allowed me to read the poem for rhyme and the second for reason, no pun intended. I do not recommend this to anyone wanting and easy read. For those wishing to be challenged and inspired and enjoy Snyders work, read, even read it aloud to yourself or someone else.
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On Gary Snyder, 'Myths & Texts'
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Published in by Totem Press, Gary Snyder's Myths & Texts (completed in ) gives the first indication that his career would be devoted.
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Gary Snyder is an American poet often associated with the Beat Generation and the San Francisco Renaissance , as well as an essayist, lecturer, and environmental activist frequently described as the "poet laureate of Deep Ecology". Snyder is a winner of a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. His work, in his various roles, reflects an immersion in both Buddhist spirituality and nature. Snyder has translated literature into English from ancient Chinese and modern Japanese. For many years, Snyder served as a faculty member at the University of California, Davis, and he also served for a time on the California Arts Council. Click here to sign up for the City Lights Newsletter!
The techniques of this type for poems were present in three of the most famous long poems in modern English: T. Snyder knew all these works and authors. The cinematic use of montage, overlapping images, also influenced these poems. Another significant genre for all modern artists was the newsreel, but seen as an anti-art. These films were the opposite of art: gritty scenes of life and death, wars and the signing of treaties, natural calamities and the launching of ships, a panorama of what seemed like unprocessed reality.