A Concise Companion to Twentieth-Century American Poetry by Stephen Fredman

By Stephen Fredman

This Concise spouse supplies readers a wealthy feel of ways the poetry produced within the usa through the 20th century is attached to the country’s highbrow existence.

Written by means of sought after experts within the box, the quantity is helping readers to understand the poetry through situating it inside of overlapping old and cultural contexts, together with: conflict; feminism and the feminine poet; ''queer cities''; the impact of the hot York paintings global; African-American poetry and blues; poetries of immigration and migration; communism and anti-communism; and philosophy and concept. each 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 assurance of context with sharp observation upon particular poems.

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

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