Ch 19: CEOE English: Modern American Poetry

About This Chapter

Get acquainted with the key figures in modern American poetry and enhance your understanding of their most influential works. From Robert Frost to Langston Hughes, this chapter gives an insightful overview of US poets from the late 19th century onward and helps you to study effectively for your CEOE English exam.

CEOE English: Modern American Poetry - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you'll discover the defining characteristics of modern American poetry and the writers that make this period so unique. Take a comprehensive look at the brave new literary styles innovated by e.e. cummings and E.A. Robinson, as well as the sociopolitical issues highlighted in the works of Langston Hughes as you prepare yourself fully for your CEOE English exam. By the end of this chapter you should be able to:

  • List the hallmarks of American modernist poetry
  • Name some key poets and works from the imagist movement
  • Analyze the major poems of e.e. cummings, Robert Frost, Carl Sandburg and Langston Hughes
  • Cite the most important figures and texts of the Harlem Renaissance
  • Describe the characteristics of beat poetry
  • Discuss the works of some modern American feminist and ethnic poets

Use our engaging video lessons to build your knowledge of each topic in an efficient and enjoyable way. Our text transcripts allow you to follow each lesson at a pace that suits you, and our short self-assessment quizzes help you boost your retention and visualize your progress through the chapter.

9 Lessons in Chapter 19: CEOE English: Modern American Poetry
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E.A. Robinson and the Shift in Modernist Poetry Style

1. E.A. Robinson and the Shift in Modernist Poetry Style

In the early 1900s, a new movement in poetry emerged. Find out about the Modernist movement in poetry and one of the first American Modernists, E.A. Robinson.

The Imagist Movement: Poems, Examples & Key Poets

2. The Imagist Movement: Poems, Examples & Key Poets

The Imagist movement in modern poetry focused on describing objects as opposed to the long philosophical discussions of traditional poetry. Read on to find out more about Imagism and read poems by two of its founders, H.D. and Amy Lowell.

E.E. Cummings' Free Verse Poetry: Analysis

3. E.E. Cummings' Free Verse Poetry: Analysis

Edward Estlin Cummings, or E.E. Cummings as he was better known, was a modernist poet who wrote poems in a new and innovative style. Read on to find out more about him and analyze two of his famous poems.

Robert Frost Poetry Analysis: The Road Not Taken and Other Poems

4. Robert Frost Poetry Analysis: The Road Not Taken and Other Poems

Robert Frost was a famous American modernist poet. This lesson covers the elements that make Frost's poetry modernist and analyzes his most famous poem, 'The Road Not Taken.'

Carl Sandburg: Biography, Famous Poems, Books & Facts

5. Carl Sandburg: Biography, Famous Poems, Books & Facts

Carl Sandburg was a prolific writer whose Bohemian background prepared him to be a very versatile writer. In this lesson, you will learn about Carl Sandburg and discover why he is still one of the world's most well-known poets.

The Harlem Renaissance: Novels and Poetry from the Jazz Age

6. The Harlem Renaissance: Novels and Poetry from the Jazz Age

The Harlem Renaissance was a movement in the 1920s and 1930s during which there was an explosion of African-American art and literature. This lesson looks at the themes, causes, and important figures of the Harlem Renaissance.

Langston Hughes & the Harlem Renaissance: Poems of the Jazz Age

7. Langston Hughes & the Harlem Renaissance: Poems of the Jazz Age

Langston Hughes was a popular poet from the Harlem Renaissance. His Jazz Age poems, including 'Harlem' and 'I, Too, Sing America,' discussed the racism facing African Americans in the 1920s and '30s.

The Beat Generation: Characteristics of Beat Poetry

8. The Beat Generation: Characteristics of Beat Poetry

It's a movement that began with a howl, and it had a major impact on both poetry and culture in America. In this lesson, we'll cover the Beat Generation and review the defining characteristics of their style.

American Feminist & Ethnic Poets

9. American Feminist & Ethnic Poets

In this lesson, learn about the fascinating work of American Feminist and Ethnic Poets. To highlight just some examples of these literary genres, we focus on five key writers.

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