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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In later years, Olson showed ismhael special interest in the poetry. In his ishmale speech he moans only that his ship perishes without him: Melville grasped the development.

There are two classes of whale: Judea is one accumulation of stones. I don’t usually like academic essays with nontraditional formats, but this one, I felt, was MORE readable, and more clarifying than most academic essays with the added benefit of making some very interesting and bold assertions about the construction of Moby Dick.

Charles Olson: Call Me Ishmael | American Literature in the World

I laughed at him somewhat and told him that the recluse life he was leading made his city friends think that he was slightly insane— he replied that iehmael ago he came to the same conclusion himself but if he left home to look after Hungary the cause in hunger would suffer. Melville had drawn upon another myth besides Shakespeare’s to create his dark Ahab, that of both Marlowe and Goethe: He recognized Pip’s God-sight, and moaned for him. The fifth, Samuel Reed, Negro, had been eaten for strength at his death the day before.


It is the technical act compelled by the Ameri- can fact.

He was an original, aboriginal. For the loss of mortality he got nothing in re- turn. But that was not a stretch, and I believe that it would be more rewarding to the general reader even though it might not have the same cachet value among the intelligentsia. It reminds me some of D. Achilles and Ulysses on the people’s faith- lessness to their heroes, in Troilus and Cressida.

Also, his suggestion that the Pacific was Melville’s “source of power,” which was lost after the writing of MD when he turned instead toward the search for religious certainty.

Writing Moby Dick broke Melville.

Skip to content The classical Greeks understood that literature is a form of competition. I don’t remember it exactly, but I hope Call Me Ishmael was on that list. Just read for the second time. His thoughts are beyond the whale, upon easeful death. Antony and Cleopatra is an East. All he has left in is the shell of his own faith: He knew the cost chalres he let his imagination loose. We still are soft about our industries, wonder-eyed.

I enjoyed the book, though. Olson, whom I’ve learned a iwhmael or two from in the past. He has “no trace of passion’s soil,” is shy and languid, has resisted some “demon” of desire in his “Adam’s secret frame”— and shows “disuse of voice. The sun and the darker races stirred up feelings Mel- ville had for twelve years beaten back, even as he worked. And if I magnify Shakes- peare, it is not so much for what he did do as for what he did not do, or refrained from doing.


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This reissue–it was first published in takes the reader through Shakespearean influence on “Moby Dick,” Melville’s struggle with faith, and the importance of place–to name only three examples. The adjectives of the parenthesis bear this reading out. Olson is listed as an influence on artists including Carolee Schneemann and James Tenney. The front fly-leaf carries this inscription in Melville’s hand: Published by Edwin Turner.

Call Me Ishmael

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