American Poetry

American Poetry

The Twentieth Century, Volume One

Book - 2000
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In the years between the beginning of the twentieth century and the end of World War II, American poetry was transformed, producing a body of work whose influence was felt throughout the world. Now for the first time the landmark two-volume Library of America anthology of twentieth-century poetry through the post-War years restores that era in all its astonishing beauty and explosive energy.

This first volume of the set, organized chronologically by the poets' birthdates, takes the reader from Henry Adams (1838-1918) to Dorothy Parker (1893-1967), and in the process reveals the unfolding of a true poetic renaissance. Included are generous selections from some of the century's greatest poets: Edwin Arlington Robinson, Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, Marianne Moore, H.D., Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot. Here they are seen as part of an age that proposed new and often contentious definitions of what American poetry could be and fresh perceptions of a society undergoing rapid and often tumultuous change.

The multifarious aesthetic influences brought to bear--Chinese and Japanese poetry, the African-American sermon, the artistic revolutions of Cubism and Dada, the cadences of jazz, the brash urgencies of vernacular speech--resulted in a poetic culture of dynamic energy and startling contrasts.

The poets of this era transformed not only style but traditional subject matter: there are poems here on a silent movie actress, a lynching, the tenements of New York, the trench warfare of World War I, the Russian Revolution, and the landscape of Mars. Here too are folk ballads on events like the assassination of McKinley and the sinking of the Titanic ; popular and humorous verse by Don Marquis and Franklin P. Adams; the famous "Spectra" hoax; song lyrics by Ma Rainey, Joe Hill, and Irving Berlin; and poems by writers as unexpected as Djuna Barnes, Sherwood Anderson, John Reed, and H. P. Lovecraft. Included are some of the century's most important poems, presented in full: Pound's Hugh Selwyn Mauberley , Eliot's The Waste Land , Steven's Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction .

LIBRARY OF AMERICA is an independent nonprofit cultural organization founded in 1979 to preserve our nation's literary heritage by publishing, and keeping permanently in print, America's best and most significant writing. The Library of America series includes more than 300 volumes to date, authoritative editions that average 1,000 pages in length, feature cloth covers, sewn bindings, and ribbon markers, and are printed on premium acid-free paper that will last for centuries.
Publisher: New York : Literary Classics of the United States, c2000
ISBN: 9781883011772
Branch Call Number: 811.508/AME 4565 1
Additional Contributors: Marquis, Don 1878-1937
Adams, Henry 1838-1918
Ridge, Lola 1873-1941
H. D. (Hilda Doolittle) 1886-1961
Jeffers, Robinson 1887-1963
McKay, Claude 1889-1948
Reed, John 1887-1920
Davidson, Donald 1893-1968
Helton, Roy 1886-
Wood, Charles Erskine Scott 1852-1944
Moore, Marianne 1887-1972
Freytag-Loringhoven, Elsa von 1874-1927
Seeger, Alan 1888-1916
Austin, Mary Hunter 1868-1934
Johnson, James Weldon 1871-1938
Millay, Edna St. Vincent 1892-1950
Robinson, Edwin Arlington 1869-1935
Eastman, Max 1883-1969
Anderson, Sherwood 1876-1941
Johnson, Fenton 1888-1958
Stein, Gertrude 1874-1946
Giovannitti, Arturo 1884-1959
Lindsay, Vachel 1879-1931
Bodenheim, Maxwell 1893-1954
Piper, Edwin Ford 1871-1939
Parker, Dorothy 1893-1967
Spencer, Anne 1882-1975
Kreymborg, Alfred 1883-1966
Berlin, Irving 1888-1989
Hall, Hazel 1886-1924
Wharton, Edith 1862-1937
Loy, Mina 1882-1966
Clark, Badger Jr. 1883-1957
Ransom, John Crowe 1888-1974
Stevens, Wallace 1879-1955
Lovecraft, H. P. (Howard Phillips), 1890-1937
Grimké, Angelina Weld 1880-1958
Bynner, Witter 1881-1968
Pound, Ezra 1885-1972
Aiken, Conrad 1889-1973
Hill, Joe 1879-1915
Wylie, Elinor 1885-1928
Masters, Edgar Lee 1869-1950
Adams, Franklin Pierce 1881-1960
Densmore, Frances 1867-1957
Roberts, Elizabeth Madox 1881-1941
Williams, William Carlos 1883-1963
Hartley, Marsden 1877-1943
MacLeish, Archibald 1892-1982
Crapsey, Adelaide 1878-1914
Reese, Lizette Woodworth 1856-1935
Barnes, Djuna 1892-1982
Johnson, Georgia Douglas 1886-1966
Neihardt, John G. 1881-1973
Arensberg, Walter Conrad 1878-1954
Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965
Snow, Wilbert 1884-1977
Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963
Johns, Orrick 1887-1946
Monroe, Harriet 1860-1936
Greenberg, Samuel 1893-1917
Sandburg, Carl 1878-1967
Leonard, William Ellery 1876-1944
Branch, Anna Hempstead 1875-1937
Patton, Charlie 1887-1934
Sterling, George 1869-1926
Frost, Robert 1874-1963
Kilmer, Joyce 1886-1918
Bishop, John Peale 1892-1944
Speyer, Leonora 1872-1956
Lowell, Amy 1874-1925
Rainey, Ma 1886-1939
Cleghorn, Sarah N. 1876-1959
Handy, William Christopher 1873-1958
Wheelock, John Hall 1897-1941
Long, Haniel 1888-1956
Guiterman, Arthur 1871-1943
Cannell, Skipwith 1887-1957
Porter, Cole 1891-1964
Teasdale, Sara 1884-1933


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