Modern Poetry after Modernism

Paperback | August 1, 1997

byJames Longenbach

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In this book, James Longenbach develops a fresh approach to major American poetry after modernism. Rethinking the influential "breakthrough" narrative, the oft-told story of postmodern poets throwing off their modernist shackles in the 1950s, Longenbach offers a more nuanced perspective.Reading a diverse range of poets--John Ashbery, Elizabeth Bishop, Amy Clampitt, Jorie Graham, Richard Howard, Randall Jarrell, Robert Lowell, Robert Pinsky, and Richard Wilbur--Longenbach reveals that American poets since mid- century have not so much disowned their modernist past as extendedelements of modernism that other readers have suppressed or neglected to see. In the process, Longenbach allows readers to experience the wide variety of poetries written in our time-- without asking us to choose between them.

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In this book, James Longenbach develops a fresh approach to major American poetry after modernism. Rethinking the influential "breakthrough" narrative, the oft-told story of postmodern poets throwing off their modernist shackles in the 1950s, Longenbach offers a more nuanced perspective.Reading a diverse range of poets--John Ashbery, E...

James Longenbach is the Joseph H. Gilmore Professor of English at the University of Rochester. In addition to a forthcoming volume of poems called Threshold, he is the author of Wallace Stevens: The Plain Sense of Things (OUP, 1991), Stone Cottage: Pound, Yeats, and Modernism (OUP, 1988), and Modernist Poetics of History.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.09 × 5.98 × 0.79 inPublished:August 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195101782

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"Clearly written...[an] extremely perceptive collection of essays."--Rachel Hadas, Rutgers University