Ch 14: Modern American Poetry

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Learn more about the poets who have shaped modern American poetry. Use these video lessons and short quizzes to test your knowledge about the contributions of American poets and the effects of modern American poetry.

Modern American Poetry - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, our experts explain the evolution of modern American poetry. You'll learn about famous poets such as e.e. cummings, E.A. Robinson, and Claude McKay. Our experienced instructors ease you into studying the history and work of influential poets through quick, engaging videos. Once you finish this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Discuss the imagist movement and its key poems and poets
  • Describe modernist poetry and the influence of E.A. Robinson and Hart Crane's work
  • Analyze e.e. cummings' free verse poetry
  • Understand ''The Road Not Taken'' by Robert Frost, and analyze his other pieces of work
  • Explain the impact of Edna St. Vincent Millay's writings
  • Analyze Sylvia Plath's influence on confessional poetry
  • Discuss the Harlem Renaissance and its key poets, including Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, and Claude McKay

Help from an expert is just a few clicks away on the Dashboard if you struggle to understand any of these literary concepts. It's easy to navigate our videos using the timeline tags if you'd like to go back and review any of the material again. Take the quiz included with each lesson and the test at the end of the chapter to evaluate your knowledge.

10 Lessons in Chapter 14: 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.

Edna St. Vincent Millay: Poems & Analysis

4. Edna St. Vincent Millay: Poems & Analysis

Edna St. Vincent Millay wrote modernist poetry by combining traditional forms with new ideas. In this lesson, we'll take a look at two of Millay's poems and analyze them for form and ideas.

Hart Crane: 'The Bridge' & Influence on Modernist Poetry

5. Hart Crane: 'The Bridge' & Influence on Modernist Poetry

Hart Crane's poem 'The Bridge' changed poetry by showing how modernist forms could be used to express uplifting ideas. In this lesson, you will learn about Crane's influence on modernist poetry as well as 'The Bridge,' and then you'll test your knowledge with a quiz.

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

6. 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.'

Sylvia Plath and Confessional Poetry

7. Sylvia Plath and Confessional Poetry

Confessional poetry changed everything regarding what a poem could be written about. In this lesson, we'll study Sylvia Plath, a pioneer of the form. We'll also consider W.D. Snodgrass, Anne Sexton and Robert Lowell.

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

8. 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.

Countee Cullen's Role in the Harlem Renaissance: An Analysis of Heritage

9. Countee Cullen's Role in the Harlem Renaissance: An Analysis of Heritage

The Harlem Renaissance exposed the world to everyone from W.E.B. DuBois to Ella Fitzgerald. In this lesson, we'll explore one of the movement's most iconic and resonant poems, Countee Cullen's 'Heritage.'

Claude McKay: Role in Harlem Renaissance & 'America' Analysis

10. Claude McKay: Role in Harlem Renaissance & 'America' Analysis

Claude McKay was an influential Harlem Renaissance poet. His poems 'America' and 'If We Must Die' explored the complicated relationship African Americans had with the world around them.

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