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The Resource Making something happen : American political poetry between the world wars, Michael Thurston

Making something happen : American political poetry between the world wars, Michael Thurston

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Making something happen : American political poetry between the world wars
Title
Making something happen
Title remainder
American political poetry between the world wars
Statement of responsibility
Michael Thurston
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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
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Cataloging source
DLC
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1965-
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Thurston, Michael
Dewey number
811/.5209358
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PS310.P6
LC item number
T48 2001
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Cultural studies of the United States
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  • American poetry
  • Politics and literature
  • Political poetry, American
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • World War, 1939-1945
Label
Making something happen : American political poetry between the world wars, Michael Thurston
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [249]-263) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Tradition and the political poet: Edwin Rolfe -- All together, black and white: Langston Hughes -- Getting the goofs to listen: Ezra Pound -- Extending the document: Muriel Rukeyser
Control code
46472144
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
viii, 272 pages
Isbn
9780807826546
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2001023771
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Label
Making something happen : American political poetry between the world wars, Michael Thurston
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [249]-263) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Tradition and the political poet: Edwin Rolfe -- All together, black and white: Langston Hughes -- Getting the goofs to listen: Ezra Pound -- Extending the document: Muriel Rukeyser
Control code
46472144
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
viii, 272 pages
Isbn
9780807826546
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2001023771
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n

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