The Life-Long Poem

We call everything from T.S. Eliot‟s Waste Land (maybe 16 pages) to Louis Zukofsky‟s ‘A’ (some 800 pages) “long” poems; what distinguishes the life-long poem (to use Robert Kroetsch‟s term) is not necessarily—at least not only—its length, but the length of time over which it is composed, and the extended period over which it makes its appearance in print. 96 more words