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By Albert Gelpi

During this e-book Professor Gelpi lines the emergence of yank Modernist poetry as a response to, and outgrowth of, the Romantic ideology of the 19th century. He makes a speciality of the amazing iteration of poets who got here to adulthood within the years of the 1st global battle and whose works represent the imperative physique of poetic Modernism in English. this huge historic argument is constructed via monographic chapters at the poets which come with shut readings in their significant poems. accomplished in scope and sophisticated in its research, Gelpi's booklet offers to be one of many significant reviews of yank poetry for future years.

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She sat with the elders, and proved on their blear visage How bright was the weapon unrusted in her keeping, While he lay surfeiting on their harvest heaping Wasting the husbandry of their rarest vintage And dreaming of the broad-breasted dames for concubine? These floated on his wine. He was lapped with bay-leaves, and grass and fumiter weed, And from under the wine-film encountered his mortal vision, For even within his tent she accomplished his derision, Loosing one veil and another, she stood unafraid; So he perished.

79 The ironist keeps from suicide by not abandoning the search for "another country" where fact and myth converge. For the ironist wears a Janus-face: the scientist-skeptic had no illusion about finding it, but the would-be believer persists in persisting (like Frost's "pursuit of a pursuit"). "Somewhere Is Such a Kingdom," another poem is entitled. Somewhere quite else, it seemed. But maybe not so far, if the imagination attends to the world's body. "Painted Head" (1934) and "To the Scholars of Harvard" (1939) are Ransom's last poems before he turned in 1962, after retiring from teaching and editing, to the extensive revision and even rewriting of his poems in his last years.

In contrast to the poems with female victims, chills and fever this time render the men physically weak and sexually impotent: "Inflamed by the thought of her nakedness with desire? " It is she who has not yet chosen her mate, rather than vice versa, and in the "craven and sick" men's imaginations, her mate is a sacrificial adversary. " The prospect of impotence and castration makes her appear to them as a phallic yet castrating weapon. They read their fate in Holofernes'; his beheading is reduced to a bathetic sexual joke: "So he perished.

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