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A History of Modern Poetry, Volume II: Modernism and After

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ISBN 9780674399471

Publication Date: 10/15/1989


712 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

Belknap Press

A History of Modern Poetry


  • I. The Age of High Modernism
    • 1. The Ascendancy of T. S. Eliot, 1925–1950
    • 2. Eliot’s Later Career
      • “The Hollow Men” and Ash Wednesday
      • Four Quartets
    • 3. Modes of Modern Style in the United States
      • E. E. Cummings
      • Archibald MacLeish
      • Robinson Jeffers
    • 4. Hart Crane
      • “A Plate of Vibrant Mercury”
      • The Bridge
    • 5. The Poetry of Critical Intelligence
      • Sources and History of the Style
      • Metaphysical Wit
      • Samples of the Style
      • Laura Riding
      • Robert Graves
      • William Empson
      • John Crowe Ransom
      • Allen Tate
      • Yvor Winters
    • 6. The Period Style of the 1930s in England
      • The Impact of Auden
      • Coming after the Modernists
      • Poetry as Thinking and Talking
      • The English Tradition
      • Freud, Marx, and Lawrence
      • Politics and Romantic Convention
      • Day-Lewis, MacNeice, and Spender
    • 7. W. H. Auden
      • Auden in the 1930s
      • Long Poems of the 1940s
      • Poetry as Conversation
      • The Later Auden
    • 8. The English Romantic Revival, 1934–1945
      • The Beginnings of the Romantic Revival: Dylan Thomas, David Gascoyne, and George Barker
      • Edwin Muir
      • The War Years
  • II. The Resurgence of Pound, Williams, and Stevens
    • 9. Reappraising the Modernists
    • 10. Ezra Pound: The Cantos
      • Components of the Texture
      • Ideograms
      • Incremental Repetition
      • Major Form
      • The Pisan Cantos
      • Paradiso
    • 11. The Impact of William Carlos Williams
      • The Williams Lyric
      • The Theory of the Poem
      • Paterson and the Last Poems
    • 12. The Later Poetry of Wallace Stevens
      • Harmonium
      • “Winter Devising Summer in Its Breast”
      • “The Theory of Poetry Is the Theory of Life”
      • The Myth of a Sufficing Naturalism
      • The Major Poetry of the Final Phase
    • 13. Other Modernist Poets
      • David Jones
      • Basil Bunting
      • David Ignatow
      • Louis Zukofsky and the Objectivists
  • III. Postmodernism
    • 14. The Postwar Period: Introduction
      • The Concept of a Period Style
      • Poetry in the United States
      • The Development of Contemporary Poetry
    • 15. Robert Penn Warren, Theodore Roethke, and Elizabeth Bishop
      • Robert Penn Warren
      • Minor American Poets and the Return of Romantic Values
      • Theodore Roethke
      • Elizabeth Bishop
    • 16. Breaking through the New Criticism
      • Richard Wilbur
      • Randall Jarrell
      • John Berryman
      • Homage to Mistress Bradstreet
      • The Dream Songs
    • 17. Robert Lowell
      • Style as “Hardship”
      • Life Studies
      • Lowell’s Later Career
    • 18. In and Out of the Movement: The Generation of the 1950s in England
      • The Movement
      • The Style of the 1950s
      • Orientations to an Audience
      • Roy Fuller, C. H. Sisson, and R. S. Thomas
      • Larkin and His Contemporaries
    • 19. English Poetry in the 1960s and 1970s
      • Charles Tomlinson
      • Ted Hughes
      • Geoffrey Hill
      • Thom Gunn
    • 20. The Poetry of Ireland
      • Austin Clarke
      • Patrick Kavanagh
      • Thomas Kinsella
      • John Montague and Michael Longley
      • Seamus Heaney
    • 21. Open Form
      • Derivations from Pound and Williams
      • The Theory of Open Form
      • Syntax as Kinesis
      • Charles Olson
      • Robert Creeley
      • Denise Levertov, Edward Dorn, and Paul Blackburn
      • Robert Duncan
    • 22. Poetry in New York and San Francisco
      • Frank O’Hara and the “New York School”
      • Minor Poets of San Francisco
      • The Countercultural Ethos
      • Allen Ginsberg
    • 23. Against “Civilization”
      • A Shared Style
      • A Modal Poem
      • Robert Bly
      • James Wright
      • Galway Kinnell
      • W. S. Merwin
      • Gary Snyder
    • 24. Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, and Adrienne Rich
      • Sylvia Plath
      • Anne Sexton
      • Adrienne Rich
    • 25. Black Poets of America
      • Melvin Tolson
      • Robert Hayden
      • Gwendolyn Brooks
      • Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones)
    • 26. Meditations of the Solitary Mind: John Ashbery and A. R. Ammons
      • John Ashbery
      • The Nature of the Real
      • Unsaying What You Say While You Are Saying It
      • Reading Ashbery
      • A. R. Ammons
    • 27. The Achievement of James Merrill
      • The Changing Light at Sandover
      • Merrill’s Trilogy in Literary History
      • Readers versus the Ouija Board
      • “The Book of Ephraim”
      • Mirabell and Scripts for the Pageant
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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