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By Mary Ellen Snodgrass

ISBN-10: 0764585347

ISBN-13: 9780764585340

This literary spouse consists of you into the lives and poetic traces of forty-one of America's such a lot fashionable poets from the final century. From well known favorites akin to Robert Frost and Carl Sandburg to the extra esoteric T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound, this instruction manual additionally introduces you to residing poets, resembling Rita Dove, who're nonetheless inscribing their locations in literary background. The e-book opens with an method of interpreting poetry, and every author-specific bankruptcy contains sections dedicated to leader Works, dialogue and examine subject matters, and a specific Bibliography.Complete checklist of authors lined during this complete advisor: Edgar Lee Masters, Edward Arlington Robinson, Robert Frost, Amy Lowell, Carl Sandburg, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, Ezra Pound, Hilda Doolittle (H. D.), Robinson Jeffers, Marianne Moore, T. S. Eliot, John Crowe Ransom, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Jean Toomer, Louise Bogan, Hart Crane, Allen Tare, Sterling Brown, Langston Hughes, Count?e Cullen, Elizabeth Bishop, John Berryman, Randall Jarrell, Gwendolyn Brooks, Robert Lowell, Richard Wilbur, James Dickey, Denise Levertov, A.R. Ammons, Allen Ginsberg, W. S. Merwin, James Wright, Anne Sexton, Adrienne wealthy, Sylvia Plath, Amiri Baraka, Wendy Rose, pleasure Harjo, Rita Dove, Cathy track

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She captures his attention by lifting her arms to tame an errant strand of hair. Retreating into metaphor, the observer rolls soundlessly by in his car as though deliberately distancing himself from her housewifely chores. The brief tension in crushing dried leaves derives from his declaration in lines 9 and 10 that she is a dried leaf. Drama emerges from the demands of housekeeping, which wither the beauty of a woman walled up in the wooden cubicle of “her husband’s house” and only occasionally freed to the outdoors to dicker with tradesmen.

Some analysts question whether it achieves the purpose of poetry. Others declare it a purist classic of imagism for its haiku-like form, simplified beauty, and muted tension. Depersonalized of poultry owner or user of the wheelbarrow, the poem rivets attention on a specific still life. ” Williams gives force to the brief observation with the pointed suggestion that humble farm life is a precarious existence, often made or broken on primitive equipment and the amount and pattern of rainfall. 50 With a botanist’s meticulous eye, Williams composed “Queen Anne’s Lace” (1923), a minutely detailed, impressionistic study of the small white blooms that form the compact flower head known as Queen Anne’s lace.

38 CHIEF WORKS Sandburg’s poem “Chicago” is self-consciously artless—a brash, assertive statement of place. In 1914, the poem thrust him into national prominence as a modernist poet and image-maker for the laboring class. A rambunctious portrait of a flourishing urban center, the poem makes a vigorous proletarian thrust with its initial images of a butcher, tool maker, harvester, and freight handler. Outside the pre-modern niceties of predictable line lengths and rhyme, the poet ignores scholars and entrepreneurs as he surges toward the city skyline.

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