The New Poetry

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By July of 1913, the Literary Digest had begun to speak of "a boom in poetry. " For the next several years, American poetry enjoyed an extraordinary moment combining popular currency and experimental energy that permanently altered its role in the nation's culture. Though this remarkable reversal of fortune has been given other names by historians, its participants knew it simply as "the New Poetry" or "the New Verse. " The movement was catalyzed most directly by the founding of the monthly periodical Poetry: A Magazine of Verse, which began in Chicago in October 1912 and still thrives a century later. Though the New Verse was notably eclectic in style, we can identify four strongly interdependent categories of formal innovation that its participants employed in all manner of combination: flexible rhythms, simplified syntax and diction, organic structure, and direct description.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationA Companion to Modernist Poetry
EditorsDavid E Chinitz, Gail McDonald
Place of PublicationMalden, MA
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781118604427
ISBN (Print)9780470659816
StatePublished - Apr 14 2014

Publication series

NameBlackwell Companions to Literature and Culture


  • Diction
  • New Poetry
  • Poetry: A Magazine of Verse
  • Rhythms
  • Syntax

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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