Modernist poems are some of the twentieth-century's major cultural achievements, but they are also hard work to read. This wide-ranging introduction takes readers through modernism's most famous poems and some of its forgotten highlights to show why modernists thought difficulty and disorientation essential for poetry in the modern world. In-depth chapters on Pound, Eliot, Yeats and the American modernists outline how formal experiments take on the new world of mass media, democracies, total war and changing religious belief. Chapters on the avant-gardes and later modernism examine how their styles shift as they try to re-make the community of readers. Howarth explains in a clear and enjoyable way how to approach the forms, politics and cultural strategies of modernist poetry in English.Read more
- Starts from the reader's perspective: what is it like to read modernist poems and why do they seem so difficult to understand?
- Explains the complex contexts of modernist poetry: philosophy, science, economics
- Ideal for students beginning courses on modernism and twentieth-century literature
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- Date Published: November 2011
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521764476
- length: 276 pages
- dimensions: 235 x 158 x 17 mm
- weight: 0.61kg
- contains: 2 b/w illus.
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
1. Why write like this?
2. Ezra Pound
3. T. S. Eliot
4. W. B. Yeats
5. Modernist America: Williams, Moore, Stevens
6. Avant-gardism: Loy, Stein, H. D.
7. Why is it so difficult?
8. Inside and outside modernism
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