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By Harold Bloom

ISBN-10: 1604132752

ISBN-13: 9781604132755

The increase of modernism marked one of many significant transitional sessions in modern literature. the yankee modernist poets created a wealthy legacy of their verse explorations of an international touched by way of battle, speedy industrialization, and the starting to be perceived alienation of the person. The innovators featured during this quantity comprise Ezra Pound, e.e. cummings, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Carl Sandburg and their abiding impacts. severe essays learn those poets and their works, with a chronology, bibliography, index, and an introductory essay by means of grasp pupil Harold Bloom finishing the name.

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The Waste Land, rather than Four Quartets or the verse dramas, is Eliot’s major achievement, a grand gathering of great fragments and indisputably the most influential poem written in English in our century. I read it, on evidence internal and external, as being essentially a revision of Whitman’s final great achievement, “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d,” ostensibly an elegy for Lincoln but more truly the poet’s lament for his own poethood. Elegy rather than brief epic or quest-romance, The Waste Land thus enters the domain of mourning and melancholia, rather than that of civilization and its discontents.

The bottle! the bottle! the bottle! I give you the bottle! (P, 113–18) The birth of spring in Spring and All (1923) was similarly preceded by a drunken, violent upheaval: “The imagination, intoxicated by prohibitions, rises to drunken heights to destroy the world. Let it rage, let it kill” (CP1, 179). The following excerpts from Ball’s diary in transition may have inspired Williams to make the library in Book Three a synecdoche for the vaguer world of Spring and All and to shift his symbolic liberating action from murder to arson: “January 9, 1917—We should burn all libraries and allow to remain only that which every one knows by heart.

The bottle! I give you the bottle! (P, 113–18) The birth of spring in Spring and All (1923) was similarly preceded by a drunken, violent upheaval: “The imagination, intoxicated by prohibitions, rises to drunken heights to destroy the world. Let it rage, let it kill” (CP1, 179). The following excerpts from Ball’s diary in transition may have inspired Williams to make the library in Book Three a synecdoche for the vaguer world of Spring and All and to shift his symbolic liberating action from murder to arson: “January 9, 1917—We should burn all libraries and allow to remain only that which every one knows by heart.

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