Blackwell Guides to Literature: Twentieth-Century American Poetry

Editor/Author MacGowan, Christopher
Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: Wiley

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ISBN: 78-0-631-22025-1
Category: Language & Literature - American literature
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Written by a leading authority on William Carlos Williams, this book provides a wide-ranging and stimulating guide to twentieth-century American poetry. A wide-ranging and stimulating critical guide to twentieth-century American poetry. Written by a leading authority on the innovative modernist poet, William Carlos Williams. Explores the material, historical and social contexts in which twentieth-century American poetry was produced. Includes a biographical dictionary of major writers with extended entries on poets ranging from Robert Frost to Adrienne Rich. Contains a section on key texts considering major works, such as: "The Waste Land", "North & South", "Howl" and "Ariel". The final section draws out key themes, such as American poetry, politics and war, and the process of anthologizing at the end of the century.

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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • How To Use This Book
  • Chronology: Significant Dates and Events, 1900-2000
  • Introduction
  • Some Historical and Cultural Contexts of Twentieth-Century American Poetry
  • The Romantic Legacy and the Genteel Tradition
  • Transatlantic Connections
  • Tradition and the Rise of the Universities
  • Rebellion in the Fifties and Sixties: The Two Anthologies
  • The Poetry of Change
  • A Rich Diversity
  • Writers
  • Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935)
  • Robert Frost (1874-1963)
  • Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)
  • Wallace Stevens (1879-1955)
  • William Carlos Williams (1883-1963)
  • Ezra Pound (1885-1972)
  • H.D. (Hilda Doolittle; 1886-1961)
  • Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962)
  • Marianne Moore (1887-1972)
  • T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)
  • John Crowe Ransom (1888-1974)
  • Claude McKay (1890-1948)
  • E. E. Cummings (1894-1962)
  • Hart Crane (1899-1932)
  • Langston Hughes (1902-1967)
  • Louis Zukofsky (1904-1978)
  • Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989)
  • George Oppen (1908-1984)
  • Theodore Roethke (1908-1963)
  • Charles Olson (1910-1970)
  • Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979)
  • John Berryman (1914-1972)
  • Robert Lowell (1917-1977)
  • Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000)
  • Robert Duncan (1919-1988)
  • Richard Wilbur (b. 1921)
  • Denise Levertov (1923-1997)
  • James Dickey (1923-1997)
  • A. R. Ammons (1926-2001)
  • Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997)
  • Robert Creeley (b. 1926)
  • Frank O’Hara (1926-1966)
  • James Merrill (1926-1995)
  • John Ashbery (b. 1927)
  • Galway Kinnell (b. 1927)
  • W. S. Merwin (b. 1927)
  • Anne Sexton (1928-1974)
  • Adrienne Rich (b. 1929)
  • Gary Snyder (b. 1930)
  • Sylvia Plath (1932-1963)
  • Amiri Baraka (b. 1934)
  • Sonia Sanchez (b. 1934)
  • Audre Lorde (1934-1992)
  • Susan Howe (b. 1937)
  • Louise Glück (b. 1943)
  • Jorie Graham (b. 1951)
  • Gary Soto (b. 1952)
  • Rita Dove (b. 1952)
  • Texts
  • Robert Frost, North of Boston: (1914)
  • Ezra Pound, ed., Des Imagistes: An Anthology: (1914)
  • Edwin Arlington Robinson, The Man Against the Sky: A Book of Poems (1916)
  • T. S. Eliot, The Waste Land (1922)
  • Claude McKay, Harlem Shadows (1922)
  • Wallace Stevens, Harmonium (1923)
  • William Carlos Williams, Spring and All: (1923)
  • Marianne Moore, Observations (1924)
  • Hart Crane, The Bridge (1930)
  • Elizabeth Bishop, North & South (1946)
  • Ezra Pound, The Pisan Cantos (1948)
  • Theodore Roethke, The Lost Son and Other Poems (1948)
  • Allen Ginsberg, Howl and Other Poems (1956)
  • Robert Lowell, Life Studies (1959)
  • Donald Allen, ed., The New American Poetry (1960)
  • Sylvia Plath, Ariel (1965)
  • John Berryman, The Dream Songs (1969)
  • Amiri Baraka, Black Magic: Sabotage, Target Study, Black Art; Collected Poetry, 1961-1967 (1969)
  • Galway Kinnell, The Book of Nightmares (1971)
  • Anne Sexton, Transformations (1971)
  • John Ashbery, Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror (1975)
  • Adrienne Rich, The Dream of a Common Language: Poems 1974-1977 (1978)
  • Carolyn Forché, The Country Between Us (1981)
  • James Merrill, The Changing Light at Sandover (1982)
  • Rita Dove, Thomas and Beulah (1986)
  • Topics
  • Twentieth-Century American Poetry and Other Arts
  • Continuities and Nationality in Twentieth-Century American Poetry
  • American Poetry and a Century of Wars
  • The Twentieth-Century American Long Poem
  • Anthologies: Polemical and Historical
  • Guide to Further Reading