The Art of Twentieth-Century American Poetry: Modernism and After
List of Abbreviations.
1 Introduction: The Art of Twentieth-Century American Poetry: An Overview.
2 The New Realism in Modernist Poetry: Pound and Williams.
3 The Doctrine of Impersonality and Modernism’s War on Rhetoric: Eliot, Loy, and Moore.
4 How Modernist Poetics Failed and Efforts at Renewal: Williams, Oppen, and Hughes.
5 The Return to Rhetoric in Modernist Poetry: Stevens and Auden.
6 Modernist Dilemmas and Early Post-Modernist Responses.
Gail McDonald, University of North Carolina-Greensboro <!--end-->
“Charles Altieri has the almost uncanny capacity to synthesize complex entities, such as the entire body of poetry of a major figure or the fraught interplay of a poetic movement, into a series of clear and incisive philosophical statements. It's not that he reduces poetry to philosophy--in fact, he gives many sensitive readings of individual poems--but that he is able to ferret out what is most crucially at stake in modern poetry and to present it crisply and succinctly. No one does a better job than Altieri of showing how much modern poetry has to contribute to an understanding of modern life.”
Stephen Fredman, University of Notre Dame
“The close readings of sometimes quite familiar poems are fresh and provocative, and the argument is one that makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of the legacy of the major modernist poets."
Christopher MacGowan, College of William and Mary
"Altieri is thoroughly captivating, especially when his precise, synthetic, and innovative interpretations focus on beloved poets such as T.S. Eliot, Marianne Moore, Wallace Stevens, W.H. Auden, Elizabeth Bishop and John Ashbery."
The Wallace Stevens Journal
- An introduction to modernist American poetry written by a leading critic.
- Concentrates on ways of enhancing the pleasures of reading modernist poetry.
- Encourages readers to identify with the modernists’ sense of the revolutionary possibilities of their art.
- Embraces four generations of modernist American poets through to the 1980s, among them T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, W.H. Auden and Robert Creeley.
- Gives readers a sense of the ambitions, the disillusionments and the continuities of modernist poetry.
- Includes close readings of particular poems which show how readers can use these works to connect with what concerns them.