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An Introduction to Twentieth-Century American Poetry


The Cambridge Introduction to Twentieth-Century American Poetry is designed to give readers a brief but thorough introduction to the various movements, schools, and groups of American poets in the twentieth century. It will help readers to understand and analyze modern and contemporary poems. The first part of the book deals with the transition from the nineteenth-century lyric to the modernist poem, focussing on the work of major modernists such as Robert Frost, T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Wallace Stevens, Marianne Moore, and W. C. Williams. In the second half of the book, the focus is on groups such as the poets of the Harlem Renaissance, the New Critics, the Confessionals, and the Beats. In each chapter, discussions of the most important poems are placed in the larger context of literary, cultural, and social history.


- Provides a wealth of information on poets and poetic movements in twentieth-century America

- Offers close readings of many major American poems

- Clearly written and accessible introduction to a broad subject; will be of great value to students and teachers




1.A new century

2.Modernist expatriates: Ezra Pound and T. S. Eliot

3.Lyric modernism: Wallace Stephens and Hart Crane

4.Gendered modernism

5.William Carlos Williams and the modernist American scene

6.From the Harlem Renaissance to the Black Arts Movement

7.The New Criticism and poetic formalism

8.The Confessional Movement

9.Lyric as meditation

10.The New American Poetry and the post-modern avant-garde

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