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The Cambridge Introduction to Twentieth-Century American Poetry
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  • Page extent: 234 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.35 kg
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 (ISBN-13: 9780521891493 | ISBN-10: 0521891493)

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Intended as a concise but thorough introduction to the various movements of twentieth century American poets, this book will help readers understand and analyze modern and contemporary poems. It covers the work of major modernists such as Robert Frost, Ezra Pound, Wallace Stevens, and Marianne Moore, as well as the poets of the Harlem Renaissance, the New Critics, the Confessionals, and the Beats.


Introduction; 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 postmodern avant-garde.


"...Beach's criticism is not only level-headed but astute...The result: a reading lesson that telescopes a major trend in postwar poetry. Even after reading Christopher Beach's The Cambridge Introductin to Twentieth-Century American Poetry we may not know precisely why the deer and the dachshund are one. But we will have received what may be the most clear and comprehensive course in Stevens, Eliot, Moore, et al that is available in book form." North Dakota Quarterly

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