Poetry in Our Time

Poetry in Our Time

Poetry in Our Time

Poetry in Our Time

Synopsis

The celebrated volume of literary criticism of modern poetry, 1900 to 1960, with extensive revisions of the first edition. Widely regarded as the standard critical text by which to perceive the significant movements of the modern poetic consciousness.

Excerpt

This book is about the poetry written during the twentieth century wherever English (or American) is the literary language of the country. Its purpose is to make the poetry more accessible to the intelligent reader. To that end it examines the rise and growth of modern verse. A single volume about the poetry of half a century cannot take all its practitioners into account, but I have tried to deal at length with significant trends and to neglect neither the founders of modern verse, nor fine poets of slight output, nor yet the poets' poets of greater range. Some years ago I wrote a similar book, the first to explore what it called This Modern Poetry. The events of the past decade and a half have changed the world and our view of it and have, of course, changed the poetic scene. Some poets, such as Yeats, have completed their life work. Some have shrunk; others, like Wallace Stevens and William Carlos Williams, have gained in stature. New stars, of varying brilliance, have risen on the horizon. The present volume examines the changes that have occurred in the intervening years and registers developments in the author's approach. The form and content of the poems discussed are viewed in relation to the revolutions of the age in which they were composed. The book seeks to show that . . .

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