How did poetry survive? The making of modern American verse

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How Did Poetry Survive? traces the emergence of modern American poetry at the turn of the nineteenth century. With a particular focus on four "little magazines"--Poetry, The Masses, Others, and The Seven Arts--John Timberman Newcomb shows how each advanced ambitious agendas combining urban subjects, stylistic experimentation, and progressive social ideals. All four were profoundly affected by World War I, and the poetry on their pages responded to the war and its causes with clarity and strength. While subsequent literary history has favored the poets whose work made them distinct--individuals singled out usually on the basis of a novel technique--Newcomb provides a denser, richer view of the history that hundreds of poets made.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherUniversity of Illinois Press
Number of pages338
ISBN (Print)9780252036798
StatePublished - 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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