02. AmPoetry[1] - AMERICAN MODERNIST POETRY Characteristic...

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AMERICAN MODERNIST POETRY
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Characteristic Features of Modernist Poetry The shift of emphasis on the self- referentiality of poetic language based on the very modern notion of a crisis of language; A search for the overall coherence of language as the preeminent cultural system; The increasing doubt about the possibility of identifying a single, unified speaking subject as the voice in modernist poerty.
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The Great Variety of American Modernist Poetry The dadaist and surrealist poems of Gertrude Stein The Imagist poems of Ezra Pound, H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) and Amy Lowell T. S .Eliot’s The Waste Land
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Ezra Pound in 1913. H.D. in the mid 1910s
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The Great Variety of American Modernist Poetry Vachel Lindsay’s doomed fantasy of a fully public, participatory, democratic poetry; The restrained and universalizing regional poems of William Carlos Williams; The prolific Black poetry of Langston Hughes and the other blues writers of the Harlem Renaissance.
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The Great Variety of American Modernist Poetry The populist poems celebrating American life ( Little Red Song Book, 1909, IWW, Joe Hill) The socially and politically engaged poetry that appeared and continued to develop especially throughout the late 20s and the 30s
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Modernist Poetic Landmarks Alfred Stieglitz’s Camera Work Magazine: Gertrude Stein’s essays Mina Loy’s “Aphorisms on Futurism”
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Harriet Monroe’s Poetry
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Gertrude Stein1874- “The Mother of Us All” (1946) Studied with William James at Radcliffe College Studied brain anatomy at Johns Hopkins Medical School Major preoccupations: characterization the reader’s preoccupation with the text.
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Expatriation In 1903 moved to France Met Alice B. Toklas Returned to the United States only once, in
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