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By Albert Gelpi

During this ebook Professor Gelpi strains the emergence of yankee Modernist poetry as a response to, and outgrowth of, the Romantic ideology of the 19th century. He makes a speciality of the impressive iteration of poets who got here to adulthood within the years of the 1st global battle and whose works represent the relevant physique of poetic Modernism in English. this massive old argument is constructed via monographic chapters at the poets which come with shut readings in their significant poems. complete in scope and refined in its research, Gelpi's ebook offers to be one of many significant experiences of yank poetry for future years.

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Frost did not want to believe that our individualism had deteriorated so dangerously, despite the incursions of socialism and communism since the Depression years. In his last volume, he turned Robinson Jeffers' prophecy of America's fall into a call to our ongoing manifest destiny. " His fascination in old age with men like Kennedy and the Wright brothers stemmed from their extension of the frontiersman's daring into the Industrial and now the Space Age. It was only Kennedy's call to the "New Frontier" which reconciled Frost to the Democratic Party after decades of outspoken grumbling about New Deal welfare economics and one-world internationalism.

Such clarifying connections as he can manage to produce result from his performance in the language game, rendering elements rescued from experience into phrases and composing the images into metaphors, articulated in a spoken or speakable voice which dramatizes and particularizes the linguistic conventions. Frost's Emerson was less a Platonist of ideal circles than an existentialist in a universe of ovals: What Emerson was meaning in 'Give all to Love' was, Give all to Meaning. The freedom is ours to insist on meaning..

Yet for them the lilac renewed its leaf, And the aged elm, though touched with fire; And the dry pump flung up an awkward arm; And the fence post carried a strand of wire. For them there was really nothing sad. 57 30 A COHERENT SPLENDOR "Directive,"58 one of the finest of Frost's later poems, seeks to press beyond irony to something like Emersonian acceptance of nature, though on naturalistic rather than transcendental grounds. The poem summons us to the source by losing us in the woods down £ path overgrown but still showing wheel tracks across the glacier lines.

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