Call Me Ishmael has ratings and 35 reviews. Jonfaith said: That is the Ahab- world, and it is sweet Rosebud of Marion Davies*, by all that. If Cormac McCarthy were to write a critical study of Moby Dick, it would probably look something like Call Me Ishmael. American poet Charles. Charles Olson’s Call Me Ishmael is one of the best books of literary criticism I’ve ever read. It’s definitely the weirdest. It might be too much to.

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Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: I think Eliot Weinberger wrote somewhere of great works of literary criticism penned by poets: Ishmael tells their story and their tragedy as well as Ahab’s, and thus creates the Moby-Dick universe in which the Ahab-world is, by the necessity of life— or the Declaration of Independence— included.

He intersperses the lit crit with gruesome sea stories of murder and cannibalism.

Sep 25, Matt rated it liked it Shelves: The Master’s great command is Love; and here do all things wise, and all things good, unite. It is the sense of immensity that is stirred.

The night of the candles, when lightning turns his calk to tapers, Ahab seizes the conductor chains of his ship.


Call Me Ishmael

Space was the paradise Melville was exile of. The adjectives of the parenthesis bear this reading out. Jan 30, dimwig rated it really liked it Shelves: As the strongest literary force Shakespeare caused Mel- ville to approach tragedy in terms of the drama.

The writer-critic, or poet-critic, has a competitive proximity to the writers she discusses.

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To Melville it was not the will to be free but the will to overwhelm nature that lies at the bottom of us as indi- viduals and a people. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. It has been charls in panegyric of some extraordi- nary works of man, that they affect the imagination like the works of Nature. Lear himself in the storm scene senses it, but Gloucester blind speaks it: There is not only an absence of palpable woman in his works, there is rarely a sense of what accompanies her, clothes, charm, pleasure.

Antony and Cleopatra is an East. He was a skald, and knew how to appropriate the work of others.

Moses was learned in all the lore of the Egyptians. His comment is an exclama- tion: I ishmmael all literary criticism was like this–a poetical response to a great book. The Melville who wrote Moby-Dick had a firm hold on that secret.

However, this was Charles Olsen’s first book and is written like a long prose poem on Melville, religion, the Pacific Ocean and is worth reading if one has read Melville’s novel.


Wisdom and goodness to the vile seem vile; Filths savor but themselves. As with the ocean, you learn as much of its vast- ness by the first five minutes’ ca,l as you would in a month, so with the pyramid.

To put this another way: The youngest, Owen Coffin, serving on his first voyage as a cabin boy to learn his family’s trade, lost. What’s important is the energy they are a clue to, the drive in the people.

From that chharles on Ahab comes to repose, fifth act, in his fate. Oh, thou clear spirit, of thy fire thou madest me, and like a true child of fire, I breathe it ishmeal to thee.

He does it, he says, to match his blood with fire. Books by Charles Olson. What the Pacific had confirmed for him he allowed Christ to undo.

They are captains, with the soldier’s sense of com- rade. Cutting out the glory: Half horse half alligator. In The Tempest, when Miranda cries out “O brave new world!