Making Something Happen: American Political Poetry between the World Wars
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Making Something Happen: American Political Poetry between the World Wars [Hardcover]

Michael Thurston

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Editorial Reviews


By offering a truly culturally informed close reading of American political poetry, Thurston's book makes "many" important things happen: he opens up what we mean by 'political poetry, ' he reshapes literary categories such as 'modernism, ' and he offers a wonderfully readable example of the best sort of mix of literary history, literary criticism, and cultural studies. (Carla Kaplan, University of Southern California)

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"The readings of interwar American activist poetry offered here are detailed and interesting, combining research into the poets' other political activities."--Virginia Quarterly Review

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Thurston examines political poetry by Edwin Rolfe, Langston Hughes, Muriel Rukeyser, and Ezra Pound. He combines close textual reading with research into the poems' historical contexts to show how these activist poets deployed resources of tradition and experimentation toward varying political ends. --This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.

About the Author

Michael Thurston is assistant professor of English at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.
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