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Left of Poetry: Depression America and the Formation of Modern Poetics

Sarah Ehlers


In this incisive study, Sarah Ehlers returns to the Depression-era United States in order to unsettle longstanding ideas about poetry and emerging approaches to poetics. By bringing to light a range of archival materials and theories about poetry that emerged on the 1930s left, Ehlers reimagines the historical formation of modern poetics. Offering new and challenging readings of prominent figures such as Langston Hughes, Muriel Rukeyser, and Jacques Roumain, and uncovering the contributions of lesser-known writers such as Genevieve Taggard and Martha Millet, Ehlers illuminates an aesthetically ... More

Keywords: poetics, modern poetry, political poetry, lyric, left politics, documentary, modernism, Great Depression, 1930s

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781469651286
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469651286.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Ehlers, author
University of Houston