By Alan Golding
This paintings provides a sweeping heritage of the forces that experience formed, and proceed to form, the yankee poetry canon.
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As Morsberger puts it, lithe implication of these texts ... is that Negro poetry does not exist" (5). A National Council of Teachers of English Task Force echoed this observation about the Allen, Rideout, and Robinson anthology, and 30 A History of American Poetry Anthologies expressed a justified incredulity at Waggoner's work, "pursued to completion during the highest peak of integrationist consciousness in history-namely, the period between the March on Washington and the assassination of Dr.
Along with cutting the merely popular, Matthiessen tried to use longer poems, to combat the effect he believed anthologies have of persuading readers that poetry consists solely of lyrics. On this point Matthiessen withstood a strong tradition. Generally, anthologies defined not only what poets but also what kind of poem should be canonized, and they defined poetry as lyric. The first critical overview of the American long poem did not appear till the third chapter of Roy Harvey Pearce's Continuity ofAmerican Poetry in 1961.
Generally, anthologies defined not only what poets but also what kind of poem should be canonized, and they defined poetry as lyric. The first critical overview of the American long poem did not appear till the third chapter of Roy Harvey Pearce's Continuity ofAmerican Poetry in 1961. The British Specimens ofthe American Poets (1822) and Horace E. Scudder's American Poems (1879) were early exceptions to the lyric emphasis. But Francis Turner A History of American Poetry Anthologies 27 Palgrave's Golden Treasury, perhaps the most widely read poetry anthology ever, used only lyrics.