American Poetry

The Purse Seine Robinson Jeffers

1937 The poetry of Robinson jeffers is best described not as part of a movement but as a search for solitude and a rejection of human-created movements. The Purse Seine represents the poet's antimodernist disavowal of civilization. While the modernists saw the height of humanity in civilization, but felt that the golden age was long past and unrecoverable see modernism , Jeffers felt that civilization had sustained itself, but at the expense of humanity. He believed that the modern world was...

The New York School The New York

School of poetry was an innovative group of poets made up principally by Frank o'hara, John ashbery, Barbara guest, James schuyler, and Kenneth koch. Their poetry was experimental, philosophical, staunchly antiestablishment, and antiacademic. The group began writing in the 1950s and is closely associated with a similarly named movement in painting alternatively called abstract expressionism or action painting. The name New York school is a result of an aesthetic sensibility and writing style,...

Mexico City Blues Jack Kerouac

1959 Jack kerouac's personal note on the title page of Mexico City Blues declares his wish to be considered a jazz poet, and the poems 242 choruses are invested with a musicality and improvisational quality that answer his wish. As with musical compositions, each movement of this book-length poem is independent, but the piece is more fully comprehensible and purposeful when taken in its entirety. The 242 choruses contain allusions to a vast range of experiences, from Kerouac's life I was the...

Ode To The Confederate Dead

ALLEN TATE (1927) Ode to the Confederate Dead, Allen tate's most anthologized and best-known poem, brought modernism more fully to bear on American poetry, especially in the South, where a pervasive sentimental romantic poetics was giving way to the agrarian aesthetics of the Fugitives (see fugitive agrarian school). First published in 1927 and revised over the next 10 years, the poem describes, in second-person address, a man who has stopped beside a dilapidated Confederate graveyard. The...

Teach Us To Number Our Days

RITA DOVE 1980 Teach Us to Number Our Days, from Rita dove's first full-length volume, The Yellow House on the Corner 1980 , is significant for its ability to illustrate the ways in which individuals are shaped by both their inner and outer lives, and the poem's form a free verse sonnet see prosody and free verse suggests the tensions between constriction and freedom. In Teach Us to Number Our Days, as in work throughout her career, Dove writes as an African American, but her work does not...