By Daniel Morris
A new survey of twentieth-century U.S. poetry that areas a different emphasis on poets who've positioned lyric poetry in discussion with other kinds of inventive expression, together with sleek paintings, the unconventional, jazz, memoir, and letters.
Contesting readings of twentieth-century American poetry as airtight and narcissistic, Morris translates the lyric as a scene of guideline and therefore as a public-oriented style. American poets from Robert Frost to Sherman Alexie deliver aesthetics to endure on an trade that asks readers to consider carefully concerning the moral calls for of analyzing texts as a mirrored image of the way we metaphorically "read" the area round us and the individuals, locations, and issues in it. His survey specializes in poems that foreground scenes of dialog, instructing, and debate regarding a strong-willed lyric speaker and one other self, bent on resisting how the speaker imagines the world.
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