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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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There Is Always Others

There Is Always Others

Experimental Verse and “Ulterior Social Result”

(p.79) Chapter 4 There Is Always Others
How Did Poetry Survive?

John Timberman Newcomb

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines how the experimental verse of Others, the quintessential aestheticist-modernist little magazine of American poetry, emerges from and responds to the climate of metropolitan activism that links it to The Masses. Others, published between July 1915 and July 1919 by Alfred Kreymborg and various friends, published works by such distinguished poets such as Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot, William Carlos Williams, Marianne Moore, and Carl Sandburg. This chapter argues that Others's commitment to stylistic experimentalism possessed a strong social dimension by showing how its verses addressed the conditions of urban-industrial modernity. It also describes the magazine's poetics of modernity as it extends across three interdependent registers: formal, thematic, and metapoetic. Finally, it discusses Others's contribution to the expansion of modern poetic form by cultivating a distinctive innovation, the vers libre variation sequence.

Keywords:   experimental verse, Others, American poetry, Masses, Alfred Kreymborg, Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, stylistic experimentalism, modernity, vers libre

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