The Art of Twentieth-Century American Poetry: Modernism and After / Edition 1

The Art of Twentieth-Century American Poetry: Modernism and After / Edition 1

by Charles Altieri
     
 

ISBN-10: 1405121076

ISBN-13: 9781405121071

Pub. Date: 07/28/2009

Publisher: Wiley

Written by a leading critic, this invigorating introduction to modernist American poetry conveys the excitement that can be generated by a careful reading of modernist poems. It encourages readers to confront the difficulties involved in tackling this literature and to identify with the modernists’ sense of the revolutionary possibilities of their art.

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Written by a leading critic, this invigorating introduction to modernist American poetry conveys the excitement that can be generated by a careful reading of modernist poems. It encourages readers to confront the difficulties involved in tackling this literature and to identify with the modernists’ sense of the revolutionary possibilities of their art.

Altieri’s account embraces four generations of American poets, tracing the ambitions, the disillusionments and the continuities of modernist poetry through to the 1980s. He describes how the sense of liberation created by early modernist formal experiments was followed by disappointment as the limitations of these discoveries emerged. He contends that, in response, poets such as Wallace Stevens and W. H. Auden reformulated modernist strategies to develop new ways for poetry to take social responsibility. Finally, he shows how these transformations were carried through by later poets such as Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Lowell, Adrienne Rich, and Robert Creeley.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405121071
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
07/28/2009
Series:
Wiley Blackwell Introductions to Literature Series, #1
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.05(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments.

List of Abbreviations.

1 Introduction: The Art of Twentieth-Century American Poetry: An Overview.

2 The New Realism in Modernist Poetry: Pound and Williams.

3 The Doctrine of Impersonality and Modernism’s War on Rhetoric: Eliot, Loy, and Moore.

4 How Modernist Poetics Failed and Efforts at Renewal: Williams, Oppen, and Hughes.

5 The Return to Rhetoric in Modernist Poetry: Stevens and Auden.

6 Modernist Dilemmas and Early Post-Modernist Responses.

Notes.

Works Cited.

Further Reading.

Index

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