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By Albert Gelpi

During this e-book Professor Gelpi strains the emergence of yankee Modernist poetry as a response to, and outgrowth of, the Romantic ideology of the 19th century. He specializes in the awesome iteration of poets who got here to adulthood within the years of the 1st international warfare and whose works represent the crucial physique of poetic Modernism in English. this huge ancient argument is built via monographic chapters at the poets which come with shut readings in their significant poems. complete in scope and sophisticated in its research, Gelpi's publication grants to be one of many significant reports of yank poetry for years yet to come.

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The United States was vibrating with the noise of various totalitarian ideologies, and when the New Deal arrived, it seemed to the Fugitives an alarming move toward socialism here at home. Their advocacy of a return to Jeffersonian agrarianism struck their opponents as elitist nostalgia for happy times on the old plantation, and the Fugitives accepted the "reactionary" label proudly for their politics. Nevertheless, they insisted that their regional outlook provided a profound insight into a fundamental cultural problem.

The one inalienable right is to go to destruction in your own way. What's worth living for is worth dying for. 40 ROBERT FROST AND JOHN CROWE RANSOM 23 Self-reliance without reliance on the Oversoul; no wonder Frost confided to C. "41 Frost's worldwide renown put him in an unusual and enviable position for a poet; an international celebrity, he hobnobbed not just with homegrown dignitaries and presidents but, by the end, even with the leader of the other great power, Premier Khrushchev. Throughout all that, and for all the pleasure Frost took in his fame, he sought to remain recalcitrantly, intransigently American.

It indicates in the subject a poor adaptation to reality; a sub-normal equipment in animal courage; flight and escapism; furtive libido. " 65 Paradoxically, the Fugitive opposed Romantic "flight and escapism," and to the insinuation that his agrarian dream showed his weakness for the old Confederate moonshine about Christian chevaliers and their ladies, Ransom was quick to point out that "Antique Harvesters" was his only poem about southern agrarianism. The rest of his verse "has no interest in improving or idealizing the world...

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