By Albert Gelpi

During this ebook Professor Gelpi strains the emergence of yank Modernist poetry as a response to, and outgrowth of, the Romantic ideology of the 19th century. He makes a speciality of the notable new release of poets who got here to adulthood within the years of the 1st international struggle and whose works represent the crucial physique of poetic Modernism in English. this huge historic argument is constructed via monographic chapters at the poets which come with shut readings in their significant poems. accomplished in scope and refined in its research, Gelpi's publication can provide to be one of many significant stories of yank poetry for years yet to come.

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The rest of his verse "has no interest in improving or idealizing the world... " 66 Nevertheless, this academically trained minister's son had enough of the would-be chevalier in him to view his less than ideal world with a sense of paradox and irony so consistent that it defined his psychological and moral stance as a poet and as the theoretician of the New Criticism: It is a paradox when you find something which in its bearing looks both ways, pro and con, good and bad; irony when you have something you thought was firmly established in the favorable sense, as good, and pro, but discover presently that it has gone bad for you, and is contra; the one is a pregnant ambiguity, the other is a radical yet slightly humorous sense of disappointment where you had least reason to expect it.

Throughout all that, and for all the pleasure Frost took in his fame, he sought to remain recalcitrantly, intransigently American. Something of a Darwinian in political as well as intellectual matters, he suspected any Utopian internationalism which aimed at transcending the "strife-method" through which, he felt, nations, like individuals, sorted out their identities and tested their characters. We have heard him criticize the native strain of Emersonian idealism as "too transcended," and he challenged it with the law of nature: conflict based on self-preservation and the territorial imperative.

You can't get clarified to stay so"; "Living alone I am made aware of how regularly I am supposed to make up my bed fresh every day. "36 22 A COHERENT SPLENDOR Yet there is compensation. The oven bird's very song is what has been made of a diminished world and a diminished mode of expression. " In a 1935 open letter to the student newspaper at Amherst, where he spent part of each winter, Frost balanced the chaos of experience against the possibility of form: "There is at least so much good in the world that it admits of form and the making of form.

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