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The Colonial Moment
Discoveries and Settlements in Modern American Poetry
Jeffrey W. Westover
Outstanding Academic Title, Choice 2005
"A very useful and thought-provoking book."—South Atlantic Review
"Westover's study is as theoretically well informed and sensible as it is poetically sensitive."—Choice
"The Colonial Moment provides a persuasive portrait of several early modernist poets as sharing a tendency to mythologize and de-mythologize questions of nationality and origins in their poetic representations of their own age and values."—Modernism/Modernity
Explorers, colonists, native peoples—all played a role in early American settlement, and the legacy they left was a turbulent one. During the first three decades of the twentieth century, as the United States asserted itself as a world power, poets began to revisit this legacy and to create their own interpretations of national history. In The Colonial Moment, Jeffrey Westover shows how five major poets—Marianne Moore, William Carlos Williams, Robert Frost, Hart Crane, and Langston Hughes—drew from national conflicts to assess America's new role as world leader.
(2004) 246 pp.
Jeffrey W. Westover is Assistant Professor of American Literature at Howard University. He has published articles on the poetry of James Merrill and the fiction of Henry James and Herman Melville.
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