American Poets and Poetry: From the Colonial Era to the Present

Editors: Gray, Jeffrey, Balkun, Mary McAleer and McCorkle, James
Publication Year: 2015
Publisher: Greenwood

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ISBN: 978-1-61-069831-3
Category: Language & Literature - American literature
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Written for high school and undergraduate students, this encyclopedia covers U.S. poetry from the Colonial era to the present, offering full treatments of hundreds of key poets of the American canon. What sets this reference apart is that it also discusses events, movements, schools, and poetic approaches, placing poets in their social, historical, political, cultural, and critical contexts and showing how their works mirror the eras in which they were written. Readers will learn about surrealism, ekphrastic poetry, pastoral elegy, the Black Mountain poets, and "language" poetry.

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Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Chronology
  • Volume 1: A–L
  • A
  • African American Poetry
  • Ammons, A.R. (1926–2001)
  • Angelou, Maya (1928–2014)
  • Ashbery, John (1927–)
  • Asian American Poetry
  • Auden, W.H. (1907–1973)
  • B
  • Baraka, Amiri (1934–2014)
  • Barlow, Joel (1754–1812)
  • Bay Psalm Book (1640)
  • Beat Poetry
  • Benét, Stephen Vincent (1898–1943)
  • Bernstein, Charles (1950–)
  • Berryman, John (1914–1972)
  • Bidart, Frank (1939–)
  • Bishop, Elizabeth (1911–1979)
  • Black Arts Movement
  • Black Mountain School
  • Bleecker, Ann Eliza (1752–1783)
  • Bly, Robert (1926–)
  • Bradstreet, Anne (1612–1672)
  • Brooks, Gwendolyn (1917–2000)
  • Bryant, William Cullen (1794–1878)
  • C
  • Caribbean Poetry
  • Clifton, Lucille (1936–2010)
  • Collins, Billy (1941–)
  • Concrete Poetry
  • Confessional Poetry
  • Cooke, Ebenezer (ca. 1667–ca. 1732)
  • Crane, Hart (1899–1931)
  • Crane, Stephen (1871–1900)
  • Creeley, Robert (1926–2005)
  • Cullen, Countee (1903–1946)
  • cummings, e.e. (1894–1962)
  • D
  • Deep Image
  • Dickinson, Emily (1830–1886)
  • Dunbar, Paul Laurence (1872–1906)
  • Dwight, Timothy (1752–1817)
  • E
  • Ecopoetics
  • Elegy
  • Eliot, T.S. (1888–1965)
  • Emerson, Ralph Waldo (1803–1882)
  • F
  • Forché, Carolyn (1950–)
  • Forten, Sarah Louisa (1812–1884)
  • Free Verse
  • Freneau, Philip (ca. 1752–1832)
  • Frost, Robert (1874–1963)
  • G
  • Ginsberg, Allen (1926–1997)
  • Graham, Jorie (1950–)
  • Griffits, Hannah (1727–1817)
  • Guiney, Louise Imogen (1861–1920)
  • H
  • Halleck, Fitz-Greene (1790–1867)
  • Hammon, Jupiter (1711–[between 1790 and 1806])
  • Harlem Renaissance
  • Harper, Frances Ellen Watkins (1825–1911)
  • H.D. (1886–1961)
  • Holmes, Oliver Wendell (1809–1894)
  • Horton, George Moses (ca. 1797–ca. 1883)
  • Howe, Julia Ward (1819–1910)
  • Hughes, Langston (1902–1967)
  • Hugo, Richard (1923–1982)
  • I
  • Imagism
  • J
  • Jarrell, Randall (1914–1965)
  • Jeffers, Robinson (1887–1962)
  • Johnson, James Weldon (1871–1938)
  • Jordan, June (1936–2002)
  • Juana Inés de la Cruz, Sor (1648/1651–1695)
  • K
  • Key, Francis Scott (1779–1843)
  • Kinnell, Galway (1927–2014)
  • Koch, Kenneth (1925–2002)
  • Kumin, Maxine (1925–2014)
  • Kunitz, Stanley (1905–2006)
  • L
  • Language Poetry
  • Lanier, Sidney (1842–1881)
  • Larcom, Lucy (1824–1893)
  • Latino Poetry in the United States
  • Lazarus, Emma (1849–1887)
  • Levertov, Denise (1923–1997)
  • Lewis, Richard (ca. 1699–1783)
  • Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth (1807–1882)
  • Lowell, James Russell (1819–1891)
  • Lowell, Robert (1917–1977)
  • Lyric Poetry
  • Volume 2: M–Z
  • M
  • Masters, Edgar Lee (1868–1950)
  • Mckay, Claude (1889–1948)
  • Melville, Herman (1819–1891)
  • Merrill, James (1926–1995)
  • Merwin, W.S. (1927–)
  • Millay, Edna St. Vincent (1892–1950)
  • Modernism
  • Moore, Clement Clarke (1779–1863)
  • Moore, Marianne (1887–1972)
  • Morton, Sarah Wentworth (1759–1846)
  • N
  • Narrative Poetry
  • Nash, Ogden (1902–1971)
  • Native American Poetry
  • New Criticism
  • New Formalism
  • New York School
  • O
  • Objectivist Poetry
  • O‘Hara, Frank (1926–1966)
  • Olds, Sharon (1942–)
  • Olson, Charles (1910–1970)
  • P
  • Parker, Dorothy (1893–1967)
  • Pastoral
  • Performance Poetry
  • Pinsky, Robert (1940–)
  • Plath, Sylvia (1932–1963)
  • Poe, Edgar Allan (1809–1849)
  • Postmodern Poetics
  • Pound, Ezra (1885–1972)
  • Projective Verse
  • Prose Poem
  • Prosody and Versification
  • R
  • Rexroth, Kenneth (1905–1982)
  • Rich, Adrienne (1929–2012)
  • Riley, James Whitcomb (1849–1916)
  • Robinson, Edwin Arlington (1869–1935)
  • Roethke, Theodore (1908–1963)
  • S
  • Sandburg, Carl (1876–1967)
  • San Francisco Renaissance
  • Schoolcraft, Jane Johnston (1800–1841)
  • Sexton, Anne (1928–1974)
  • Sigourney, Lydia Huntley (1791–1865)
  • Snyder, Gary (1930–)
  • Stein, Gertrude (1874–1946)
  • Stevens, Wallace (1879–1955)
  • Stockton, Annis Boudinot (1736–1801)
  • Strand, Mark (1934–2014)
  • T
  • Taylor, Edward (ca. 1642–1729)
  • Thayer, Ernest Lawrence (1863–1940)
  • Thoreau, Henry David (1817–1862)
  • Tompson, Benjamin (1642–1714)
  • Toomer, Jean (1894–1967)
  • Trethewey, Natasha (1966–)
  • V
  • Very, Jones (1813–1880)
  • W
  • Walcott, Derek (1930–)
  • Warren, Mercy Otis (1728–1814)
  • Wheatley, Phillis (ca. 1753–1784)
  • Whitman, Walt (1819–1892)
  • Whittier, John Greenleaf (1807–1892)
  • Wigglesworth, Michael (1631–1705)
  • Wilbur, Richard (1921–)
  • Wilcox, Ella Wheeler (1850–1919)
  • Williams, William Carlos (1883–1963)
  • Wright, James (1927–1980)
  • Wright, Susanna (1697–1784)
  • Z
  • Zukofsky, Louis (1904–1978)
  • Selected Bibliography
  • About the Editors and Contributors