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Left of PoetryDepression America and the Formation of Modern Poetics$
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Sarah Ehlers

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781469651286

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469651286.001.0001

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The Poetic Front

The Poetic Front

(p.1) Introduction The Poetic Front
Left of Poetry

Sarah Ehlers

University of North Carolina Press

This introductory chapter examines how the historical and economic crisis of the Great Depression coincided with a complementary crisis in the literary. It argues that the 1930s is a crucible for understanding both the history of modern American poetics and the role of poetic thought in conceptualizing historical change. The introduction surveys important historical aspects of the left poetry community during the interwar period, and it outlines the book’s interventions in contemporary poetry scholarship as well as in studies of left literary culture.

Keywords:   poetics, political poetry, left politics, Great Depression, 1930s

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