The Cambridge Introduction to Twentieth-Century American Poetry

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Cambridge University Press, 23 ott 2003 - 224 pagine
The Cambridge Introduction to Twentieth-Century American Poetry is designed to give readers a brief but thorough introduction to the various movements, schools, and groups of American poets in the twentieth century. It will help readers to understand and analyze modern and contemporary poems. The first part of the book deals with the transition from the nineteenth-century lyric to the modernist poem, focussing on the work of major modernists such as Robert Frost, T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Wallace Stevens, Marianne Moore, and W. C. Williams. In the second half of the book, the focus is on groups such as the poets of the Harlem Renaissance, the New Critics, the Confessionals, and the Beats. In each chapter, discussions of the most important poems are placed in the larger context of literary, cultural, and social history.
 

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A new century from the genteel poets to Robinson and Frost
7
Modernist expatriates Ezra Pound and T S Eliot
23
Lyric modernism Wallace Stevens and Hart Crane
49
Gendered modernism
72
William Carlos Williams and the modernist American scene
93
From the Harlem Renaissance to the Black Arts movement
114
The New Criticism and poetic formalism
137
The confessional moment
154
Lyric as meditation
173
The New American Poetry and the postmodern avantgarde
189
Notes
210
Glossary
215
Index
217
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Christopher Beach is Adjunct Assistant Professor at Claremont Graduate University. He is the author of several books in the field of American poetry and one book on American cinema. His most recent books are Poetic Culture: Contemporary American Poetry and Institution and Class, Language, and American Film Comedy. He is also the editor of Artifice and Indeterminacy: An Anthology of New Poetics.

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