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In this chapter, you'll learn the answers to questions including:
- How is modernism defined in American literature?
- What are some key features found in modernist poetry?
- What are some of the major modernist poetry movements?
- Who are some major modernist poets and what were their works?
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.
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.
3. Robinson's Miniver Cheevy and Richard Cory: Poem Summaries & Analysis
E.A. Robinson wrote poems with traditional rhyme and meter but with very Modernist views. Read on to analyze two of his most famous poems, 'Miniver Cheevy' and 'Richard Cory.'
4. Edgar Lee Masters and the Spoon River Anthology Poems: Characters, Analysis & Summary
Edgar Lee Masters' collection of modernist poems, 'The Spoon River Anthology', told the dark secrets of small-town life. Below, read two of the poems from 'The Spoon River Anthology' and follow as we analyze them.
5. William Carlos Williams's Poems: 'The Red Wheelbarrow' and 'Landscape with the Fall of Icarus'
William Carlos Williams was a famous American modernist poet. His poems 'The Red Wheelbarrow' and 'Landscape with the Fall of Icarus' illustrate several aspects of modernist poetry. Read on to find out more about Williams and his poetry, and test your understanding with a quiz.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. Wallace Stevens's 'Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird': Summary & Analysis
Wallace Stevens' poem 'Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird' is an important American modernist poem that can be seen in several different ways. Read on to find out more about the poem and how to analyze it. Then, test your knowledge with a quiz.
9. 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.
10. 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.'
11. 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.
12. Introduction to T.S. Eliot: Author Background, Works, and Style
This video introduces T.S. Eliot and his major works. It outlines his early life and move to England, and traces his stylistic evolution over his most famous and significant poems.
13. The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock: Overview and Analysis
This video introduces T.S. Eliot's poem, 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.' It outlines the general setup of the poem, its enigmatic lead character and its stylistic characteristics. It also highlights key passages.
14. The Waste Land: Structure and Style Explained
As an introduction to T.S. Eliot's landmark poem, 'The Waste Land,' this lesson will outline some of the key Modernist features of the work. We'll address nonlinearity, irony and juxtaposition, voice, and allusions. Through taking a look at each of these features, we'll try to understand why 'The Waste Land' is as strange as it is important.
15. Ezra Pound's A Pact: Analysis
Whether returning to the poem or reading it for the first time, the analysis of 'A Pact' by Ezra Pound in this lesson will help you understand the imagery and context behind this declaration of poetic independence!
16. Gertrude Stein: Poems & Explanation
This lesson will cover the poetry of Gertrude Stein, who is one of the most important figures in the arts of the first half of the twentieth century. We'll look at her work, the context of her art, and her influence on others.
17. Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein: Analysis & Concept
During this lesson, we will learn about Gertrude Stein's groundbreaking poetry collection, 'Tender Buttons.' Published a century ago, the experimental nature of this collection makes it relevant still today.
18. The Emperor of Ice-Cream by Wallace Stevens: Summary & Analysis
Wallace Stevens's poem 'The Emperor of Ice-Cream' is famous (and infamous) for the challenge it offers to students. This lesson will bring it down to earth a little, and provide a framework for understanding and appreciating the poet's work.
19. The Truth the Dead Know by Anne Sexton: Analysis
In the poem 'The Truth the Dead Know,' Anne Sexton writes about the grief of losing both her parents. The poem is known for its vivid imagery and confessional style.
20. Angelou's A Brave and Startling Truth: Theme & Analysis
Maya Angelou wrote the poem 'The Brave and Startling Truth,' which is about a journey to a mysterious destination that the whole human race is traveling on. Where is this destination, and what truth will we learn?
21. Karl Shapiro: Biography & Poems
Learn more about the life of Karl Shapiro, the fifth Poet Laureate of the United States. He influenced poetry in the United State and around the world with his verse and variety of writing styles.
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