The Poetry Society of America Anthology

The Poetry Society of America Anthology

The Poetry Society of America Anthology

The Poetry Society of America Anthology

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The first meeting of The Poetry Society of America was held in New York at the National Arts Club in October, 1910. Thus it is evident that the founding of the Society preceded by just a little that extraordinary revival of interest in poetry which, in England, is commonly dated from the publication of Masefield The Everlasting Mercy in 1911, and in America, from the founding of Poetry: A Magazine of Verse, in 1912.

In that revival the Poetry Society played a leading part. It provided poetry with a forum in which the new developments were excitedly--and excitingly--discussed. No political meetings were more turbulent than some of the sessions of the Poetry Society during the years when the renascence was at its height. There can be no doubt, I think, that poetry was the better for the Society's existence; its effect was vitalizing and encouraging. It was typical of the public neglect into which poetry had fallen, that when the Pulitzer prizes were established, no provision was made for the poetry award. Through the efforts of Edward J. Wheeler, the first president of the Society, funds were obtained and accepted by Columbia University; a few years later, as a direct result of the Society's sponsorship, the original provisions of the Pulitzer bequest were enlarged to ensure the continuance of the award.

When poetry began to lose once more the larger audience that had been won back for it, the Society stead-

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