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By Stephen Fredman

This Concise significant other offers readers a wealthy feel of the way the poetry produced within the usa in the course of the 20th century is hooked up to the country’s highbrow existence.

Written through trendy experts within the box, the amount is helping readers to understand the poetry through situating it inside of overlapping ancient and cultural contexts, together with: warfare; feminism and the feminine poet; ''queer cities''; the effect of the recent York paintings global; African-American poetry and blues; poetries of immigration and migration; communism and anti-communism; and philosophy and concept. every one bankruptcy levels around the whole century, evaluating poets from one a part of the century to these of one other; and every one balances documentary insurance of context with sharp statement upon particular poems.

The significant other kinds an amazing creation to twentieth-century American poetry for college students, whereas its new syntheses will make it of curiosity to students besides.

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The act of seeing, now technologically mediated, produces a new form of self-alienation. The speaker sees himself as other, most grotesquely in Randall Jarrell’s famous “The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner” where he has already died, his remains “washed out of the turret with a hose” (Shapiro 2003: 88). Less luridly, James Dickey in “The Firebombing” sees himself as another person, only partially recognizable: some technical-minded stranger with my hands Is sitting in a glass treasure-hole of blue light Having potential fire under the undeodorized arms Of his wings (Shapiro 2003: 153) while William Stafford writes of dropping bombs 18 Wars I Have Seen from five miles high, the flower of smoke and fire so far there is no sound.

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Stein is as suspicious of the first person plural, the national “we,” as she is of what Malcolm Cowley had called the “spectatorial attitudes” of some of those who had written about World War I (Cowley 1934: 38). In Stein’s case, though, the “seeing” is 16 Wars I Have Seen being done by someone apparently immersed in domestic routine – “Yesterday,” she says, “I went my usual twelve kilometres to get some bread and cake” (p. 137) – but someone who is also able to reflect on the ways in which the present war has “put an end an entire end to the nineteenth century” (p.

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