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Radical as Reality: Form and Freedom in American Poetry

Peter Campion


What do American poets mean when they talk about freedom? How can form help us understand questions about what shapes we want to give our poetic lives, and how much power do we have to choose those shapes? For that matter, what do we even mean by we? This collection of essays forms a kind of evolutionary history of the past century of American poetry. Through close readings of the great Modernists, midcentury objectivists, late twentieth-century poets, contemporary poets, and more, the book unearths an American poetic landscape that is subtler and more varied than most critics have allowed. It ... More

Keywords: American poetry, Modernism, freedom, form, democratic poetry, war poetry, sincerity, African American poetry, classicism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226663234
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226663401.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Campion, author
University of Minnesota