American Poetry

American Poetry

The Twentieth Century, Volume Two

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: Adair, Virginia Hamilton 1913-
Adam, Helen 1909-1993
Adams, Léonie 1899-1988
Agee, James 1909-1955
Baker, Howard 1905-1990
Barnard, Mary 1909-
Belitt, Ben 1911-
Benét, Stephen Vincent 1898-1943
Bishop, Elizabeth 1911-1979
Fitts, Dudley 1903-1968
Blackmur, R. P. (Richard Palmer), 1904-1965
Bogan, Louise 1897-1970
Bontemps, Arna Wendell 1902-1973
Brody, Alter 1895-1979
Brown, Sterling Allen 1901-
Burnshaw, Stanley 1906-
Cage, John 1912-1992
Carnevali, Emanuel 1897-1942
Carrier, Constance 1908-1991
Cowley, Malcolm 1898-1989
Crane, Hart 1899-1932
Crosby, Harry Grew 1898-1929
Cullen, Countee 1903-1946
cummings, e. e (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962
Cuney, Waring 1906-1976
Cunningham, James V. 1911-1985
Dahlberg, Edward 1900-1977
Davis, Frank Marshall 1905-1987
Davis, Harold Lenoir 1896-1960
Delmore, Alton 1908-1964
Denby, Edwin 1903-1983
Deutsch, Babette 1895-1982
Dorsey, Thomas A. 1899-1993
Dos Passos, John 1896-1970
Drachler, Rose 1911-1982
Eberhart, Richard Ghormley 1904-
Everson, William 1912-1994
Fearing, Kenneth 1902-1961
Ferril, Thomas Hornsby 1896-1988
Fields, Dorothy 1905-1974
Fitzgerald, Robert 1910-1985
Flanner, Hildegarde 1899-1987
Ford, Charles Henri 1913-
Francis, Robert 1901-1987
Garrigue, Jean 1912-1972
Gershwin, Ira 1896-1983
Ghiselin, Brewster 1903-
Gillespie, Abraham Lincoln 1895-1950
Goodman, Paul 1911-1972
Gregory, Horace 1898-1982
Guthrie, Ramon 1896-1973
Guthrie, Woody 1912-1967
Hammerstein, Oscar 1895-1960
Harburg E. Y. 1896-1981
Hart, Lorenz 1895-1943
Hayden, Robert E. 1913-1980
Hillyer, Robert 1895-1961
Holmes, John 1904-1962
Hopkins, Lightnin' 1912-1982
Hubbell, Lindley Williams 1901-1994
Hughes, Langston 1902-1967
Humphries, Rolfe 1894-1969
Jacobsen, Josephine 1908-
Jefferson, Blind Lemon 1897-1929
Johnson, Helene 1907-1995
Jolas, Eugène 1894-1952
Kalar, Joseph 1906-1972
Kirstein, Lincoln 1907-1996
Kunitz, Stanley Jasspon 1905-
Lattimore, Richmond Alexander 1906-1984
Lewis, Janet 1899-1998
Loesser, Frank 1910-1969
Lowenfels, Walter 1897-1976
McCord, David Thompson Watson 1897-1997
McGinley, Phyllis 1905-1978
March, Joseph Moncure 1899-1977
Mercer, Johnny 1909-1976
Miles, Josephine 1911-1985
Moore, Rosalie 1910-
Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich 1899-1977
Nash, Ogden 1902-1971
Niedecker, Lorine 1903-1970
Nims, John Frederick 1913-1999
Olson, Charles 1910-1970
Olson, Elder 1909-1992
Oppen, George A. 1908-1984
Patchen, Kenneth 1911-1972
Plutzik, Hyam 1911-1962
Porter, Anne 1911-
Putnam, H. Phelps 1894-1948
Rakosi, Carl 1903-
Rexroth, Kenneth 1905-1982
Reznikoff, Charles 1894-1976
Riding, Laura 1901-1991
Riggs, Lynn 1899-1954
Roethke, Theodore 1908-1963
Rolfe, Edwin 1909-1954
Rukeyser, Muriel 1913-1980
Sarton, May 1912-1995
Schneider, Isidor 1896-1977
Schubert, David 1913-1946
Schwartz, Delmore 1913-1966
Scott, Winfield Townley 1910-1968
Shapiro, Karl Jay 1913-
Toomer, Jean 1894-1967
Triem, Eve 1902-1992
Van Doren, Mark 1894-1972
Vazakas, Byron 1905-1987
Warren, Robert Penn 1905-1989
Wheelwright, John 1897-1941
White, Bukka 1909-1977
Williams, Tennessee 1911-1983
Wilson, Edmund 1895-1972
Winters, Yvor 1900-1968
Wright, Richard 1908-1960
Zukofsky, Louis 1904-1978


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