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By John Timberman Newcomb

This e-book lines the emergence of recent American poetry on the flip of the 19th century. With a selected specialize in 4 "little magazines"--Poetry, the hundreds, Others, and The Seven Arts--John Timberman Newcomb exhibits how each one complex formidable agendas combining city topics, stylistic experimentation, and revolutionary social beliefs. whereas next literary historical past has favourite the poets whose paintings made them distinct--individuals singled out frequently at the foundation of a singular technique--Newcomb presents a denser, richer view of the historical past that 1000s of poets made

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52 In that same article, the Poetry Society’s president, Edward J. ”53 Clearly such claims sought not only to report a boom but to promote it. And yet the fact that they had become printable in reputable venues signaled a remarkable shift in the literary landscape; it’s hard to imagine what evidence could have been summoned to support them in 1903 or 1908. A month later in August, Arthur Ficke revealed the previous orthodoxy of subvention and the quickly changing conditions when he exulted at Kennerley’s willingness to publish his latest volume without the author’s help: “Good old Mitch Kennerley is going to stake his good coin on ‘Mr.

She argued that while the arts had once resided in small spaces—city-states, courts, coteries—in which the issue of a national or global populace hardly arose, the advent of mass literacy and modern machine technology had rendered this model obsolete. The modern poet had to comprehend and address a much bigger world, an unprecedented task that was causing some once-promising artists to flounder. She was most perceptive, and most prescient of Poetry’s activist role, when she diagnosed modernity as a “vast immensity” of potentially “stultifying silence,” in which “the poet’s voice sounds hollow and impotent, for no one hears.

An ever-changing array of spirited little magazines printed verse in many different styles by writers both nationally famous and totally unknown. In the narrative that follows, I seek to show that the New Verse movement achieved this spectacular success by theorizing and demonstrating poetry’s ability to speak not only to rarefied emotions and private fantasies, but to the public, the urban, the political—to every aspect of twentieth-century experience. indd 25 12/15/11 4:06 PM ch a p t er 2 Poetry’s Opening Door Harriet Monroe and American Modernism Among the most familiar yet misunderstood moments of twentieth-century American literary history is the founding of Poetry: A Magazine of Verse in Chicago in 1912 by Harriet Monroe.

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