By Stephen Fredman
This Concise spouse supplies readers a wealthy experience of ways the poetry produced within the usa in the course of the 20th century is attached to the country’s highbrow lifestyles.
Written by way of well-known experts within the box, the amount is helping readers to understand the poetry by means of situating it inside of overlapping ancient and cultural contexts, together with: warfare; feminism and the feminine poet; ''queer cities''; the impact of the recent York artwork international; African-American poetry and blues; poetries of immigration and migration; communism and anti-communism; and philosophy and thought. every one bankruptcy levels around the complete century, evaluating poets from one a part of the century to these of one other; and every one balances documentary assurance of context with sharp statement upon particular poems.
The significant other varieties an incredible advent to twentieth-century American poetry for college kids, whereas its new syntheses will make it of curiosity to students to boot.
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The experience was for him, he later said, a deﬁnitive “ur-scene” (Oppen UCSD: 16, 17, 1) and it would ﬁgure as a commanding presence in his postwar writing. In “Of Hours,” this traumatic memory is embedded in an address to Pound as the father-ﬁgure who failed to learn the lesson of his own famous line, “What thou lovest well remains” and who is ﬁnally seen walking home “Unteachable” (Oppen 2002: 217–19). In “The Speech at Soli,” Pound is again reproached for the willed nature of his seeing, as Oppen reinﬂects Canto CXV’s “I cannot make it cohere”: “war in incoherent/ sunlight it will not/ cohere it will NOT” (Oppen 2002: 239).
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In the ﬁrst, Oppen remembers “Burying my dogtag with H/ For Hebrew in the rubble of Alsace” (Oppen 2002: 218). He had been seriously wounded there in 1945 when, as he tersely reported in a letter, “88mm shell landed in a foxhole: Three of us were in that fox-hole” (Oppen 1990: 203). Of the three, only Oppen, his body pitted with shrapnel, would live to be haunted by the attack. The experience was for him, he later said, a deﬁnitive “ur-scene” (Oppen UCSD: 16, 17, 1) and it would ﬁgure as a commanding presence in his postwar writing.
A Concise Companion to Twentieth-Century American Poetry by Stephen Fredman