How Did Poetry Survive?

How Did Poetry Survive?

The Making of Modern American Verse

eBook - 2012
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How Did Poetry Survive? traces the emergence of modern American poetry at the turn of the nineteenth century. American poetry had stalled: a small group of recently deceased New England poets still held sway, and few outlets existed for living poets. However, the United States' quickly accelerating urbanization in the early twentieth century opened new opportunities, as it allowed the rise of publications focused on promoting the work of living writers of all kinds. The urban scene also influenced the work of poets, shifting away from traditional subjects and forms to reflect the rise of buildings and the increasingly busy bustle of the city. Change was everywhere: new forms of architecture and transportation, new immigrants, new professions, new tastes, new worries. This urbanized world called for a new poetry, and a group of new magazines entirely or chiefly devoted to exploring modern themes and forms led the way. Avant-garde "little magazines" succeeded not by ignoring or rejecting the busy commercial world that surrounded them, but by adapting its technologies of production and strategies of marketing for their own purposes.
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©2012
ISBN: 9780252093906
0252093909
1283993546
9781283993548
0252036794
9780252036798
Characteristics: data file,rda
1 online resource (xi, 338 pages) : illustrations
Alternative Title: Making of modern American verse

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