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Poetry and the public : the social form of modern U.S. poetics

Author: Joseph Harrington
Publisher: Middletown, Conn. : Wesleyan University Press, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Since Romanticism, poetry has reigned as the most exalted of literary forms; consequently, as Joseph Harrington argues in this new study, public debates about the nature and function of poetry are really debates about larger cultural and political values. In Poetry and the Public, Harrington sheds new light on changes in the textual form of poems, the critical reception of poems, debates in the popular press about  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph Harrington
ISBN: 0819565377 9780819565372 0819565385 9780819565389
OCLC Number: 48578994
Description: x, 228 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction. Poetry as social form --
1. Poetry and the reading public: poetic debates in the popular press, 1910-1940 --
2. High Modernism in polite society, or, Allen Tate's conservative liberalism --
3. Modernist as liberal: Wallace Stevens and the poetics of private insurance --
4. Publicity, sabotage, and Arturo Giovannitti's "Poetry of Syndicalism" --
5. Poetry as crossing: the newspaper verse of Anise (Anna Louise Strong) --
6. Poetry and its publics in the 1990s.
Responsibility: Joseph Harrington.

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An informative account of the social meaning of poetry in the 20th century US.  Read more...

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