A Coherent Splendor: The American Poetic Renaissance, 1910-1950

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Focusing on the poets who came into maturity during the First World War, the emergence of American Modernist poetry is traced as a reaction to and outgrowth of the Romantic ideology of the nineteenth century.
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"The most vigorous, most consistently interesting study we have of twentieth-century American poetry in its relation to its Romantic precursors. Albert Gelpi's book is a powerful revisionist history of Modernism...[His] breadth and range are remarkable." Marjorie Perloff

"A Coherent Splendor has the makings of a standard; its breadth and reach make it a welcome new addition to the discussion on modernism." The New England Quarterly

"A Coherent Splendor is a book which no student or teacher of American literature would want to overlook. Its richness and insight make each of the separate sections valuable, able to stand alone as an introduction to the poet covered. As John Dryden said fo Geoffrey Chaucer in his oft-quoted remark, 'Here is God's plenty.'" Leon Lewis, Macgill's Literary Annual

"A Coherent Splendor has the makings of a standard; its breadth and reach make it a welcome new addition to the discussion on modernism." Suzanne Matson, Boston College, in The New England Quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521345330
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2003
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: the Janus-face of Romanticism and Modernism; 1. Robert Frost and John Crowe Ransom: Diptych of Ironists, the Woodsman and the Chevalier; 2. Wallace Stevens: World as Mundo, Mundo as world; 3. T. S. Eliot: The lady between the yew trees; 4. Ezra Pound: Between Kung and Eleusis; 5. H. D.: Helen in Bethlehem, Hilda in Egypt; 6. William Carlos Williams: Mother-Son and Paterson; 7. Allen Tate and Hart Crane: Diptych with Demons and Angels Coda; Yvor Winters and Robinson Jeffers: The Janus-face of anti-modernism.

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