Poetry, Modernism, and an Imperfect World


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Diverse modernist poems, far from advertising a capacity to prefigure utopia or save society, understand themselves to be complicit in the unhappiness and injustice of an imperfect or fallen world. Combining analysis of technical devices and aesthetic values with broader accounts of contemporary critical debates, social contexts, and political history, this book offers a formalist argument about how these poems understand themselves and their situation, and a historicist argument about the meanings of their forms. The ...

Poetry, Modernism, and an Imperfect World 2017, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9781107184404