How Did Poetry Survive?The Making of Modern American Verse

How Did Poetry Survive?The Making of Modern American Verse

John Timberman Newcomb

Print publication date: 2017

ISBN: 9780252036798

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

Abstract

This book traces the emergence of modern American poetry at the turn of the nineteenth century. With a particular focus on four “little magazines”—Poetry: A Magazine of Verse, The Masses, Others, and Seven Arts—the book shows how each advanced ambitious agendas combining urban subjects, stylistic experimentation, and progressive social ideals. All four were profoundly affected by World War I, and the poetry on their pages responded to the war and its causes with clarity and strength. While subsequent literary history has favored the poets whose work made them distinct—individuals singled out usually on the basis of a novel technique—the book provides a denser, richer view of the history that hundreds of poets made.