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Making Something Happen: American Political Poetry Between the World Wars (Cultural Studies of the United States)

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Poetry makes nothing happen, wrote W. H. Auden in 1939, expressing a belief that came to dominate American literary institutions in the late 1940s--the idea that good poetry cannot, and should not, be politically engaged. By contrast, Michael Thurston here looks back to the 1920s and 1930s to a generation of poets who wrote with the precise hope and the deep conviction that they would move their audiences to action. He offers an engaging new look at the political poetry of Edwin Rolfe, Langston Hughes, Ezra Pound, and Muriel Rukeyser.

Thurston combines close textual reading of the poems with research into their historical context to reveal how these four poets deployed the resources of tradition and experimentation to contest and redefine political common sense. In the process, he demonstrates that the aesthetic censure under which much partisan writing has labored needs dramatic revision. Although each of these poets worked with different forms and toward different ends, Thurston shows that their strategies succeed as poetry. He argues that partisan poetry demands reflection not only on how we evaluate poems but also on what we value in poems and, therefore, which poems we elevate.

About the Author

Michael Thurston is assistant professor of English at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807849798
Author:
Thurston, Michael
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Location:
Chapel Hill
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
American poetry
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
World War, 1914-1918
Subject:
Politics and literature
Subject:
Political poetry, American
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
American poetry -- 20th century.
Subject:
World War, 1914-1918 -- Influence.
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Cultural Studies of the United States (Paperback)
Series Volume:
4
Publication Date:
20011131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.23x5.75x.66 in. .82 lbs.

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