By Harold Bloom
The increase of modernism marked one of many significant transitional classes in modern literature. the yank modernist poets created a wealthy legacy of their verse explorations of a global touched by way of battle, quick industrialization, and the turning out to be perceived alienation of the person. The innovators featured during this quantity comprise Ezra Pound, e.e. cummings, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Carl Sandburg and their abiding affects. severe essays research those poets and their works, with a chronology, bibliography, index, and an introductory essay via grasp student Harold Bloom finishing the identify.
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American Modernist Poets (Bloom's Modern Critical Views) by Harold Bloom