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American Poetry since 1945

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09 December 2016

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This book features a collection of essays on some of the key poets of post-war America, written by leading scholars in the field. All the essays have been newly commissioned to take account of the diverse movements in...

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This book features a collection of essays on some of the key poets of post-war America, written by leading scholars in the field. All the essays have been newly commissioned to take account of the diverse movements in American poetry since 1945, and also to reflect, retrospectively, on some of the major talents that have shaped its development.

In the aftermath of the Second World War, American poets took stock of their own tumultuous past but faced the future with radically new artistic ideals and commitments. More than ever before, American poetry spoke with its own distinctive accents and declared its own dreams and desires. This is the era of confessionalism, beat poetry, protest poetry, and avant-garde postmodernism. This book explores the work of John Berryman, Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Bishop, Adrienne Rich, and Sylvia Plath, as well as contemporary African American poets and new poetic voices emerging in the twenty-first century. This New Casebook introduces the major American poets of the post-war generation, evaluates their achievements in the light of changing critical opinion, and offers lively, incisive readings of some of the most challenging and enthralling poetry of the modern era.

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Contributors are amongst the leading scholars of American poetry from around the world

Offers a combination of synoptic approaches to the topic of American poetry since 1945 and individual case studies of widely taught authors and texts

Contains a detailed chronology and further reading sections to support students' learning of the topic

Introduction: 'I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear'; Eleanor Spencer
PART I: POETS
1. 'Whims & emergencies, discoveries, losses': The Poetry of John Berryman; Stephen Matterson
2. Robert Lowell: Protean Poet; Steven Gould Axelrod
3. Making and Making Do: The Poetry of Elizabeth Bishop; Linda Anderson
4. Adrienne Rich: Poetry and Social Change; Wendy Martin and Lauren Morrison
5. 'A work of art that the critic cannot even talk about': The Poetry of John Ashbery; Eleanor Spencer
6. Sylvia Plath in the Early Twenty-First Century; Tracy Brain
7. 'You Asked Me to Sing Then You Seemed Not to Hear': African American Poetry since 1945; Lauri Ramey
PART II: FORM AND GENRE
8. The Great Divide? Post-confessional and Language Poetry; Paul Batchelor
9. The Art of Exclusion: Form and Prosody in American Poetry Since 1970; David Caplan
10. The American Elegy; Stephen Regan
PART III: MOVEMENTS AND MOMENTS
11. 'Singularly rich': Donald Allen's The New American Poetry 1945-1960; Rory Waterman
12. American Poetry Now, or, Not Quite The End Of The World; Stephen Burt
Further Reading
Index.
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Eleanor Spencer teaches in the Department of English Studies at Durham University, where she is also Vice-Principal and Senior Tutor at St Chad's College. She was previously a Frank Knox Memorial Fellow at Harvard University, USA.

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Eleanor Spencer teaches in the Department of English Studies at Durham University, where she is also Vice-Principal and Senior Tutor at St Chad's College. She was previously a Frank Knox Memorial Fellow at Harvard University, USA.

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