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By Alex Davis, Lee M. Jenkins

A historical past of Modernist Poetry examines cutting edge anglophone poetries from decadence to the post-war interval. the 1st of its 3 components considers formal and contextual concerns, together with fantasy, politics, gender, and race, whereas the second one and 3rd components talk about quite a lot of person poets, together with Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, W.B. Yeats, Mina Loy, Gertrude Stein, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, and Marianne Moore, in addition to key pursuits akin to Imagism, Objectivism, and the Harlem Renaissance. This e-book additionally addresses the impression of either global Wars on experimental poetries and the an important function of magazines in disseminating and proselytizing on behalf of poetic modernism. the gathering concludes with a wide-ranging dialogue of the inheritance of modernism in contemporary writing on each side of the Atlantic.

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Is modernism a period or a paradigm, an era or a style? Is modernism solely the product of metropolitan modernity, or equally of local, even peripheral, spatialities? Is modernism an ‘international’ or even transnational phenomenon, or is it wedded to notions of cultural nationalism and regional identity? Does modernism mark a moment of avant-garde rupture with its late nineteenth-century poetic antecedants, or a reinflection and continuation of their preoccupations? 1 Arguably, these binaries are specious, and modernism is better understood, in the words of one of the great late modernist set-pieces, Wallace Stevens’s ‘Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction’ (1942), as ‘not a choice / Between excluding things.

Michael H. Levenson, A Genealogy of Modernism. Chronology 1985 1987 1989 1990 1993 1994 1996 1998 1999 2003 2010 2011 xxxvii Rosalind Krauss, The Originality of the Avant-Garde and Other Modernist Myths. Marjorie Perloff, The Dance of the Intellect: Studies in the Poetry of the Pound Tradition. Kamau Brathwaite, X/Self. Agha Shahid Ali, Half-Inch Himalayas. Raymond Williams, The Politics of Modernism: Against the New Conformists. Karen Press, Bird Heart Stoning the Sea. Denise Riley, Mop Mop Georgette.

Okot p’Bitek, ‘Song of Lawino’ and ‘Song of Ocol’. First English tr. of Peter Bürger, Theory of the AvantGarde (1974). Michael H. Levenson, A Genealogy of Modernism. Chronology 1985 1987 1989 1990 1993 1994 1996 1998 1999 2003 2010 2011 xxxvii Rosalind Krauss, The Originality of the Avant-Garde and Other Modernist Myths. Marjorie Perloff, The Dance of the Intellect: Studies in the Poetry of the Pound Tradition. Kamau Brathwaite, X/Self. Agha Shahid Ali, Half-Inch Himalayas. Raymond Williams, The Politics of Modernism: Against the New Conformists.

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