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By Michael Levenson

ISBN-10: 0300111738

ISBN-13: 9780300111736

Publish yr note: First released September tenth 2007

In this wide-ranging and unique account of Modernism, Michael Levenson attracts on greater than 20 years of analysis and a career-long fascination with the flow, its individuals, and the interval in which it thrived. looking a extra refined realizing of the kin among the period's texts and contexts, he offers not just a superb survey but additionally an important reassessment of Modernism itself.

Spanning many many years, illuminating person achievements and finding them in the intersecting histories of test (Symbolism to Surrealism, Naturalism to Expressionism, Futurism to Dadaism), the e-book areas the modifications of tradition along the agitations of modernity (war, revolution, feminism, psychoanalysis). during this standpoint, Modernism has to be understood extra widely than just by way of its provocative works, experimental varieties, and singular careers. really, as Levenson demonstrates, Modernism might be considered because the emergence of an adversary tradition of the hot that relied on audiences in addition to artists, enemies in addition to supporters.

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If The Waste Land became more complex as he undertook its composition and revision, it still had as its subject the culture it surveyed and judged. The turn from the private ruminations of Prufrock to the public world of urban satire was negotiated with a certain awkwardness and uncertainty in Eliot's career, but it pointed the way for the poetry that would come. After The Waste Land, and probably because of Eliot's success, his contemporaries began to announce their intentions to write long, public poems.

Finally, he turned to the long poem, claiming that he had had it in mind since the beginning of his career, although in a lifetime of immense productivity, this poem refused to form itself. Like Eliot, Williams had uncertainties of conception and purpose which troubled him the more because he imagined he had made accommodations for them in his open and generous conception of form. Pitting himself against Eliot, Williams found nonetheless that he could not escape the creative dilemmas he had mistakenly attributed to Eliot's erudition.

Bridge. 6. Williams, William Carlos, 1883-1963. Paterson. 7. Pound, Ezra, 1885-1972. Cantos. I. Title. " Page vii Contents Acknowledgments ix Abbreviations xi 1. Introduction 1 2. The Waste Land 18 3. The Bridge 47 4. Paterson 77 5. The Cantos 106 6. Conclusion 148 Notes 163 Index 171 Page ix Acknowledgments Like the poems it studies, this book has had its own narrative of composition that has, among other things, generated debts and gratitudes. I started it during a semester's appointment to the Center for Advanced Studies at the University of Illinois, and later it was supported by funds from the University's Research Board.

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