By Stephen Fredman
This Concise spouse provides readers a wealthy feel of ways the poetry produced within the usa in the course of the 20th century is hooked up to the country’s highbrow lifestyles extra commonly. is helping readers to totally enjoy the poetry of the interval through tracing its historic and cultural contexts. Written through fashionable experts within the box. areas the poetry of the interval inside contexts reminiscent of: conflict; feminism and the feminine poet; poetries of immigration and migration; communism and anti-communism; philosophy and concept. every one bankruptcy levels around the whole century, evaluating poets from one a part of the century to these of one other. New syntheses make the quantity of curiosity to students in addition to scholars and basic readers.
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