Left Of Poetry: Depression America And The Formation Of Modern Poetics by Sarah Ehlers

Left Of Poetry: Depression America And The Formation Of Modern Poetics

bySarah Ehlers

Paperback | June 10, 2019

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In this incisive study, Sarah Ehlers returns to the Depression-era United States in order to unsettle longstanding ideas about poetry and emerging approaches to poetics. By bringing to light a range of archival materials and theories about poetry that emerged on the 1930s left, Ehlers reimagines the historical formation of modern poetics. Offering new and challenging readings of prominent figures such as Langston Hughes, Muriel Rukeyser, and Jacques Roumain, and uncovering the contributions of lesser-known writers such as Genevieve Taggard and Martha Millet, Ehlers illuminates an aesthetically and geographically diverse matrix of schools and movements. Resisting the dismissal of thirties left writing as mere propaganda, the book reveals how communist-affiliated poets experimented with poetic modes-such as lyric and documentary-and genres, including songs, ballads, and nursery rhymes, in ways that challenged existing frameworks for understanding the relationships among poetic form, political commitment, and historical transformation. As Ehlers shows, Depression left movements and their international connections are crucial for understanding both the history of modern poetry and the role of poetic thought in conceptualizing historical change.

Sarah Ehlers is assistant professor of English at the University of Houston.
Title:Left Of Poetry: Depression America And The Formation Of Modern PoeticsFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:308 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 0.68 inShipping dimensions:308 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 0.68 inPublished:June 10, 2019Publisher:The University Of North Carolina PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1469651289

ISBN - 13:9781469651286

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Editorial Reviews

A fascinating study of left poetry during the Great Depression. A writer with an impressive sensitivity to concrete detail, Sarah Ehlers offers a much-needed reappraisal of radical literature in America during a pivotal era in our nation''s history."-James Smethurst, author of The African American Roots of Modernism