Product Description: This Concise Companion gives readers a rich sense of how the poetry produced in the United States during the twentieth century is connected to the country's intellectual life more broadly. * Helps readers to fully appreciate the poetry of the period by tracing its historical and cultural contexts. * Written by prominent specialists in the field. * Places the poetry of the period within contexts such as: war; feminism and the female poet; poetries of immigration and migration; communism and anti-communism; philosophy and theory. * Each chapter ranges across the entire century, comparing poets from one part of the century to those of another. * New syntheses make the volume of interest to scholars as well as students and general readers.