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How Did Poetry Survive?The Making of Modern American Verse$
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John Timberman Newcomb

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036798

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036798.001.0001

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A Modernism of the City

A Modernism of the City

(p.1) Introduction A Modernism of the City
How Did Poetry Survive?

John Timberman Newcomb

University of Illinois Press

This book traces the emergence of modern American poetry at the turn of the nineteenth century, locating it within the collective efforts of poets, editors, publishers, and readers involved in the New Verse movement between 1912 and 1925, rather than in the individual accomplishments of a few titanic figures. It examines how these individuals renewed American verse by taking over existing literary institutions and creating avant-garde alternatives, allowing them to elaborate a poetics of metropolitan modernity that embraced the very subjects that the genteel establishment had condemned as incorrigibly unpoetic. It also discusses the importance of the visual arts in this process, which paved the way for the New Poetry or the New Verse, two terms used in this book interchangeably rather than modernism.

Keywords:   modernism, American poetry, metropolitan modernity, poets, editors, publishers, New Verse movement, American verse, visual arts, New Poetry

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