By Stephen Fredman
This Concise significant other provides readers a wealthy feel of ways the poetry produced within the usa in the course of the 20th century is attached to the country’s highbrow existence extra widely. is helping readers to completely savor the poetry of the interval via tracing its historic and cultural contexts. Written via well-known experts within the box. locations the poetry of the interval inside of contexts corresponding to: battle; feminism and the feminine poet; poetries of immigration and migration; communism and anti-communism; philosophy and thought. every one bankruptcy levels around the complete century, evaluating poets from one a part of the century to these of one other. New syntheses make the amount of curiosity to students in addition to scholars and common readers.
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Hamill wasn’t alone in the disgust he felt at the timing of this event so soon after the President’s announced policy of “Shock and Awe” against Iraq. He quickly composed a letter to “Friends and Fellow Poets” in which he asked writers to register their opposition to the war by contributing a poem to his website. In the space of not more than a month, he had received 13,000 poems. From his huge electronic manuscript, Hamill quarried the contents of a condensed anthology, Poets Against the War, published later that year.
He had been seriously wounded there in 1945 when, as he tersely reported in a letter, “88mm shell landed in a foxhole: Three of us were in that fox-hole” (Oppen 1990: 203). Of the three, only Oppen, his body pitted with shrapnel, would live to be haunted by the attack. The experience was for him, he later said, a deﬁnitive “ur-scene” (Oppen UCSD: 16, 17, 1) and it would ﬁgure as a commanding presence in his postwar writing. In “Of Hours,” this traumatic memory is embedded in an address to Pound as the father-ﬁgure who failed to learn the lesson of his own famous line, “What thou lovest well remains” and who is ﬁnally seen walking home “Unteachable” (Oppen 2002: 217–19).
D. / But now their poems are cased in steel” – Erhart 1985: 17), and the tendency to journalistic description, too 25 Peter Nicholls much in evidence in many of the anthologies, is often curbed by pithy reﬂections on the soldiers’ role. In “Relative thing,” for example, Erhart writes; We are the ones you sent to ﬁght a war You didn’t know a thing about. It didn’t take us long to realize The only land that we controlled Was covered by the bottoms of our boots. (Erhart 1985: 95) Many of these poems certainly strike home, though to read through the big anthologies of them is to be made strongly aware of their time-bound quality.