Making Something Happen : American Political Poetry Between the World Wars

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  • Author(s): Thurston, Michael
  • Series:
    Cultural Studies of the United States
  • Publication Information:
    Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press. 2001
  • Additional Information
    • Publication Type:
      eBook.
    • Abstract:
      Poetry makes nothing happen,'wrote W. H. Auden in 1939, expressing a belief that came to dominate American literary institutions in the late 1940s--the idea that good poetry cannot, and should not, be politically engaged. By contrast, Michael Thurston here looks back to the 1920s and 1930s to a generation of poets who wrote with the precise hope and the deep conviction that they would move their audiences to action. He offers an engaging new look at the political poetry of Edwin Rolfe, Langston Hughes, Ezra Pound, and Muriel Rukeyser. Thurston combines close textual reading of the poems with research into their historical context to reveal how these four poets deployed the resources of tradition and experimentation to contest and redefine political common sense. In the process, he demonstrates that the aesthetic censure under which much partisan writing has labored needs dramatic revision. Although each of these poets worked with different forms and toward different ends, Thurston shows that their strategies succeed as poetry. He argues that partisan poetry demands reflection not only on how we evaluate poems but also on what we value in poems and, therefore, which poems we elevate.
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    • Related ISBNs:
      9780807826546. 9780807849798. 9780807875001.
    • Accession Number:
      51831821
    • Accession Number:
      79153
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    • ABNT:
      THURSTON, M. Making Something Happen : American Political Poetry Between the World Wars. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2001. ISBN 9780807826546. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=79153. Acesso em: 27 set. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Thurston M. Making Something Happen : American Political Poetry Between the World Wars. The University of North Carolina Press; 2001. Accessed September 27, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=79153
    • APA:
      Thurston, M. (2001). Making Something Happen : American Political Poetry Between the World Wars. The University of North Carolina Press.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Thurston, Michael. 2001. Making Something Happen : American Political Poetry Between the World Wars. Cultural Studies of the United States. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=79153.
    • Harvard:
      Thurston, M. (2001) Making Something Happen : American Political Poetry Between the World Wars. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press (Cultural Studies of the United States). Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=79153 (Accessed: 27 September 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Thurston, M 2001, Making Something Happen : American Political Poetry Between the World Wars, Cultural Studies of the United States, The University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, viewed 27 September 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Thurston, Michael. Making Something Happen : American Political Poetry Between the World Wars. The University of North Carolina Press, 2001. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=79153.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Thurston, Michael. Making Something Happen : American Political Poetry Between the World Wars. Cultural Studies of the United States. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2001. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=79153.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Thurston M. Making Something Happen : American Political Poetry Between the World Wars [Internet]. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press; 2001 [cited 2020 Sep 27]. (Cultural Studies of the United States). Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=79153