By Albert Gelpi
During this ebook Professor Gelpi lines the emergence of yank Modernist poetry as a response to, and outgrowth of, the Romantic ideology of the 19th century. He specializes in the outstanding iteration of poets who got here to adulthood within the years of the 1st global warfare and whose works represent the important physique of poetic Modernism in English. this massive old argument is built via monographic chapters at the poets which come with shut readings in their significant poems. finished in scope and refined in its research, Gelpi's e-book supplies to be one of many significant reviews of yankee poetry for years yet to come.
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It was tried without metric frame on which to measure the rhythm. It was tried without any images but those to the eye It was tried 20 A COHERENT SPLENDOR without content under the trade name of poesie pure. It was tried without phrase, epigram, coherence, logic and consistency. 32 "The old-fashioned way to be new" was to quicken traditional forms with the authentic voice of one's time and place. " Games require rules, and the player exhibits, even devises, his style by his performance within and against the rules of play.
28 A COHERENT SPLENDOR And the night drew through the trees In one long invidious draft. 53 Frost's repertoire of verbal strategies - the disarmingly conversational pace, the prim pun on "draft," the tight-lipped tone - contrive to modulate the inexplicable violence to the range of human toleration, so that in the last ballad-quatrain Frost can ask a version of Ahab's vehement question - "Be the white whale principal or be the white whale a g e n t . . " - with Ishmael's rueful irony. Still, for all the poet's assumed stoicism, nature portends death - later for the man than for the horse, in this instance, but death nonetheless.
One kiss she gave her mother. Only a small one gave she to her daddy Who would have kissed each curl of his shining baby; No kiss at all for her brother. " she cried, Running across the world upon the grass To Chucky's house, and listening. But alas, Her Chucky had died. It was a transmogrifying bee Came droning down on Chucky's old bald head ROBERT FROST AND JOHN CROWE RANSOM 35 And sat and put the poison. It scarcely bled, But how exceedingly And purply did the knot Swell with the venom and communicate Its rigor!