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American Poetry: The Twentieth Century, volume two: E.E. Cummings to May Swenson

 
"The editing is more than brilliant: It is nearly unimaginable how the Library of America team managed to do so much so well.... Every possible kind of poem is here in its best examples. No one has ever done a better anthology of modern American poetry, or even come close."
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This second volume of the landmark two-volume Library of America anthology of twentieth-century poetry, organized chronologically by the poets' birthdates, takes the reader from E.E. Cummings (1894–1962) to May Swenson (1913–1989). In the wake of the modernist renaissance, American poets continued to experiment with new techniques and themes, while the impact of the Depression and World War II and the continuing political struggle of African Americans became part of the fabric of a literature in transition. New schools and definitions of poetry seemed often to divide the literary scene. This was the era of the Harlem Renaissance, the Objectivists, the Fugitives, the proletarian poets. It was also an era of vigorously individuated voices—knotty, defiant, sometimes eccentric.

The range of tone and subject matter is immense: here are Melvin B. Tolson's swirlingly allusive Harlem portraits, Phyllis McGinley's elegant verse transcriptions of suburbia, May Swenson's playful meditations on the laws of physics. The diversity of formal approaches includes the extreme linguistic experiments of Eugene Jolas and Abraham Lincoln Gillespie, Rolfe Humphries's adaptation of traditional Welsh meter, the haiku of Richard Wright, the ballads of Helen Adam and Elder Olson, the epigrams of J.V. Cunningham. A selection of light verse is joined by lyrics from the era's greatest songwriters, including Robert Johnson, Woody Guthrie, and Ira Gershwin. Several important long poems are presented complete, including Hart Crane's The Bridge, Louis Zukofsky's Poem beginning "The" and Robert Penn Warren's Audubon: A Vision. Rounding out the volume are such infrequently anthologized figures as Vladimir Nabokov, James Agee, Tennessee Williams, and John Cage.

The collection is unprecedented in its textual and editorial authority, and includes biographical sketches of each poet and extensive notes. The editorial advisory board includes the very distinguished poets and scholars Robert Hass, John Hollander, Carolyn Kizer, Nathaniel Mackey, and Marjorie Perloff.

Read selected poems on spring by Edna St. Vincent Millay, Frances Densmore, Woody Guthrie and others.

Related volumes:
American Poetry: The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century, volume 1 (Freneau to Whitman)
American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century, volume 2 (Melville to Stickney)
American Poetry: The Twentieth Century, volume 1 (Henry Adams to Dorothy Parker)

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