The New Era in American Poetry

The New Era in American Poetry

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ...rhetorical style; they make the Spoon River volume seem something of an inexplicable miracle. In that one extended burst, Masters accomplished greatness; he wrote not only a powerful book but a popular one. Its unprecedented success must have startled Masters as much as it did his critics. At any rate, it seemed to give him an unholy respect for himself, a respect touched with a bit of awe. Evidently impressed by the least vital thing in Spoon River: its philosophizing, Masters blossomed forth as a thinker, a late discoverer of scientific platitudes, a babbling oracle. Monolog after tiresome monolog issued from him; he began to give erudite explanations of the metrical construction of his essentially casual lines; he came to distrust those critics who hailed his work as anything less than a Comedie Humaine. In short, he began to take both himself and his art with a pontifical seriousness. Turn to the three subsequent volumes. The mantle of a pedagogic prophet is put on in Songs and Satires; in The Great Valley, a jumbled scientific learning sits heavily on the poet; in Toward the Gulf, he sinks beneath it. Examine Songs and Satires (The Macmillan Co., 1916). The indulgent reader will forgive the inclusion of such early and obviously resurrected trifles as " Rain in My Heart," "When Under the Icy Eaves," "What You Will" and similar flat sentimentalities. One passes these hurriedly for the sake of the fire that was left over, for the few strong and searching poems like "In the Cage," "Arabel" and the sonorous majesty of "Silence," that begins: I have known the silence of the stars and of the sea And the silence of the city when it pauses, And the silence of a man and a maid, And more

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  • Paperback | 94 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236586972
  • 9781236586971