Contents

Introduction page 1

1 A new century: from the genteel poets to Robinson and Frost 7

2 Modernist expatriates: Ezra Pound and T. S. Eliot

3 Lyric modernism: Wallace Stevens and Hart Crane 49

4 Gendered modernism 72

5 William Carlos Williams and the modernist American scene 93

6 From the Harlem Renaissance to the Black Arts movement 114

7 The New Criticism and poetic formalism 137

8 The confessional moment 154

9 Lyric as meditation 173

10 The New American Poetry and the postmodern avant-garde 189

Notes 210 Glossary 215 Index 217

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