By Stephen Fredman

This Concise better half provides readers a wealthy experience of the way the poetry produced within the usa in the course of the 20th century is hooked up to the country’s highbrow lifestyles.

Written through trendy experts within the box, the quantity is helping readers to understand the poetry by way of situating it inside overlapping ancient and cultural contexts, together with: battle; feminism and the feminine poet; ''queer cities''; the effect of the hot York paintings global; African-American poetry and blues; poetries of immigration and migration; communism and anti-communism; and philosophy and thought. every one bankruptcy levels around the complete century, evaluating poets from one a part of the century to these of one other; and every one balances documentary insurance of context with sharp statement upon particular poems.

The spouse kinds a fantastic advent to twentieth-century American poetry for college kids, whereas its new syntheses will make it of curiosity to students besides.

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205), interrogating the fetish of authority that characterizes some of their best-known expressions. The terms of Bernstein’s essay help to point up an increasingly noticeable divergence between the different strands of war-writing in America. On the one hand, there is the huge body of poetry produced by Vietnam veterans (see Chattarji 2001). Many of these are poems of everyday horror, poems of wounding, guilt, and protest that, for the most part, derive their moral charge from their clear-sighted presentation of life and death and from the bitter irony with which they address the administration that had sent them there.

In “Philosophy and Theory in US Modern Poetry” Michael Davidson notes how modern poetry places a value on words as pure force or nondiscursive object, thus joining with modern philosophy in an obsession with discovering the powers and limits of language. Mounting a full-scale synopsis of poetry’s relationship with philosophy and theory during the century, Davidson notes four particular moments of philosophical crisis. The first was early in the century when the question of solipsism, the relation of the “I” to other minds and to the objects of the world, was especially pressing.

Certainly, the response to Hamill’s email circular is surprising for the sheer volume of contributions it produced, but at the same time not so surprising, perhaps, in its choice of poetry as the appropriate 11 Peter Nicholls vehicle of public dissent. For poetry, while increasingly a marginalized medium, is still popularly regarded as an appropriate, sometimes even a therapeutic, response to certain types of widely felt political outrage. And war has always seemed to occasion poetry as both its compensation and its negative reflection.

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