Irreverently unromantic: A rhetorical path to sophistic poetics in the poetry of Bob Hicok
Rhetorical analysis of Bob Hicok’s earliest and most recent poems reveals how the poet modifies the terms of the central problem in contemporary poetry—Romantic irony—by employing an irreverent poetics I describe as sophistic to highlight its rhetorical tendencies while differentiating it from the inverted Platonism of Romantic irony.
Hendrickson, Brian. "Irreverently Unromantic: A Rhetorical Path to Sophistic Poetics in the Poetry of Bob Hicok." Mosaic: a journal for the interdisciplinary study of literature, vol. 47 no. 2, 2014, pp. 135-152. Project MUSE, muse.jhu.edu/article/547065.