An introduction to american poetry in 1990

In addition, there were still other, early 20th Century poets who maintained or were forced to maintain a peripheral relationship to high modernismlikely due to the racially charged themes of their work.

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And it was music. While Romanticism transitioned into Victorianism in post-reform England, it grew more energetic in America from the s through to the Civil War. III Sometimes the distrust of language results in the refusal to use words denotatively.

Why are American poets so enthralled by the long poem? Other poets such as Ginsberg, Snyder, Wilbur, Merwin, and many others have at least dabbled with haiku, often simply as a syllabic form. Still others, such as Robinson Jeffers —adopted Modernist freedom while remaining aloof from Modernist factions and programs.

This highly self-conscious use of language points fiercely to our distrust of the natural, the spoken—as if to insist that for us, now, the beautiful the true?

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The ambition to reclaim ground for eloquence and rhetoric is perhaps even more starkly visible in the sharp, urgent poems of sheer argument—the lyric essay, which seems to be flourishing, stark offspring of the more classic meditation, also in vogue. For some poets the poem is a critique of the powers of representation, so they seem more concerned with the possibility of saying something than with what is said. One, it is the dominant verse form that has been taught in American creative writing programs that have, for decades, produced most of the new American poets who in turn become writing teachers, perpetuating this poetic form. Essays focusing on early African American poetry, the Harlem Renaissance, the Black Arts Poets, and Native American poetry explore both the successful individual poets associated with these groups and the reasons why they remain outside the critical mainstream. The frontal, grasping motion frustrated, my intuition was forced awake. I looked at the man and listened. We might think of them as, perhaps, the frontal approach; they are certainly—in many cases—the most extreme in their attempt to use the strategies of "normal" articulate speech to reach the reader. However, his choice not to survey the current poets and their interests as the companion volume of British Poetry does makes the book seem incomplete. Other poets involved in this scene included Charles Bukowski — and Jack Spicer — Words—or the gaps between them—are used to recompose a world, as if these poets were looking for a method by which to experience the world once again. They are lyric poets, heavily autobiographical; some are practitioners of the experimental long poem. Their length insures that the motion toward closure will be itself part of the subject. Taking advantage of the opportunity to make a lasting impact on literary reputations, most critics adopt a tone of advocacy.

It compelled me to let go.

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