The Harvard Book of Contemporary American Poetry

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Join Professor Helen Vendler in her course lecture on the Yeats poem "Among School Children". View her insightful and passionate analysis along with a condensed reading and student comments on the course.

The poetry collected in this volume reveals the range and power of the contemporary American imagination. The verve, freedom, and boldness of American English are combined with the new harmonies of modern cadence. Here are distillations of twentieth-century perception, feeling,...

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Overview

Join Professor Helen Vendler in her course lecture on the Yeats poem "Among School Children". View her insightful and passionate analysis along with a condensed reading and student comments on the course.

The poetry collected in this volume reveals the range and power of the contemporary American imagination. The verve, freedom, and boldness of American English are combined with the new harmonies of modern cadence. Here are distillations of twentieth-century perception, feeling, and thought, and reflections of changing social realities, scientific and psychoanalytic insights, and the strong voices of feminism and black consciousness. This is a book for those who value fresh and original poetry and for readers worldwide who are curious about contemporary American experience.

Helen Vendler relies on her own taste and judgment in singling out excellent poems, beginning with the late modernist flowering of Wallace Stevens and continuing to the present. Her wide-ranging Introduction places recent American poetry in its aesthetic and social contexts. The anthology provides an extensive offering of the work of major poets and introduces many writers who are only now beginning to make their reputation. Thirty-five poets are included, with a representative selection from the earlier to later work of each and a significant number of long poems. Brief biographies of the poets are appended.

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Beginning with an essay that establish es the seriousness and diversity of po ets' ``imaginative claims'' to personal territory, Vendler presents poets who preserve American culture that would lapse unrecorded were it not for art. She chooses 35 exponents of that voicefrom Wallace Stevens and Langston Hughes through Jorie Gra ham and Rita Dove. Diverse as the se lection is, readers are bound to ask about the missingGalway Kinnell, Stanley Kunitz, Robert Bly. Each poet is represented with a generous sam pling; brief biographies appear at the end. It is Vendler's wish that these po ems will provoke a ``sharp and relieving pang'' from the reader: ```Heavens, I recognize the place, I know it!''' (Eliza beth Bishop). Rosaly DeMaios Roff man, English Dept., Indiana Univ. of Pennsylvania
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674373402
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1985
  • Edition number: 44
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 10.78 (h) x 1.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Helen Vendler is A. Kingsley Porter University Professor at Harvard University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Contemporary American Poetry

Wallace Stevens

Langston Hughes

Theodore Roethke

Elizabeth Bishop

Robert Hayden

Randall Jarrell

John Berryman

Robert Lowell

Howard Nemerov

Amy Clampitt

Richard Wilbur

James Dickey

A.R Ammons

Allen Ginsberg

James Merrill

Frank O'Hara

John Ashbery

W.S Merwin

James Wright

Anne Sexton

Adrienne Rich

Gary Snyder

Sylvia Plath

Mark Strand

Charles Wright

Michael Harper

Charles Simic

Frank Bidart

Robert Pinsky

Dave Smith

Louise Glück

Albert Goldbarth

Michael Blumenthal

Jorie Graham

Rita Dove

Biographies

Credits

Index of First Lines

Index of Titles

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