Innovation and the Poetic Discourse: Reading Experimental Trends in Post-War American Poetry
Keywords:Modernism, Innovation, American, Experimental, Poetics, Contemporary.
This paper aims at analysing the rise of innovative and experimental poetics within the American poetic grounds and the factors that remain extremely influential in establishing an alternate poetic culture that emerged with the rise of modernism within poetic circles. With influential and significant American poetic voices like Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot and innovative women poets like Gertrude Stein popularising the use of ‘experimental’ techniques within the processes of poetic construction, the American poetic culture witnessed the rapid growth of an alternate realm of poetic activity that particularly gained significant recognition in the post-war era. This paper attempts to present an overview of the various post-war poetic groupings that contributed to the establishment of an experimental tradition within contemporary American poetics.
“A Brief Guide to the San Francisco Renaissance.” Poets.org, Academy of American Poets, 28May 2004, www.poets.org/text/brief-guide-san-francisco-renaissance.
Allen, Donald, editor. The New American Poetry 1945-1960. Grove Press, 1960.
Clay, Steven and Rodney Phillips. A Little History of the Mimeograph Revolution, an excerpt from A Secret Location on the Lower East Side: Adventures in Writing, 1960-1980. New York Public Library/Granary Books, 1998.
Daly, Catherine. ”New York School of Poets.” The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature, edited by Jay Parini, Oxford University Press, 2004.
Davidson, Michael. The San Francisco Renaissance: Poetics and Community at Mid-Century. Cambridge University Press, 1989.
Guilbaut, Serge. How New York Stole the Idea of Modern Art : Abstract Expressionism, Freedom, and the Cold War. University of Chicago Press, 1983
Knight, Arthur Winfield, editor. The Beat Vision. Paragon House, 1987.
“New York School.” Poetry Foundation, www.poetryfoundation.org/learn/glossary-terms/new-york-school
Ward, Geoff. Language Poetry and the American Avant-Garde. British Association for American Studies, 1993.
How to Cite