The poem of the act of the mind
August 2, 2010 5:59 AM Subscribe
I'm looking for a collection of modernist poetics by poets -- Pound, Crane, Stevens and such.
posted by creasy boy to Writing & Language (7 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm looking for a collection of writings by modernists defending and explaining their poetry and their idea of poetry, i.e. the Imagist Manifesto, the writings on Objectivism, Hart Crane's explanations of his work, etc. A collection of American modernist poetic theory would be perfect. American/British would be fine. Some German and French thrown in would be allright, although I don't read French too hot. A mix of poetic theory and poetry would be lovely. If it covers poetry and prose writers together that'd be allright. Or if you just know of several books that would do the job together, that'd be great. The point is that I'm trying to gather as much as I can without having to buy 20 different books. I have on my bookshelf Stevens' The Necessary Angel, a good collection of Gertrude Stein's writings, a copy of Tradition and the Individual Talent, and otherwise just a bunch of random poetry anthologies. -- I am NOT interested in secondary literature on modernist poetry, in other words I don't want a collection of academics' writings about modernist poetry. Manifestos and such like is what I'm looking for. Poems about poetry, like Stevens' "Of Modern Poetry", are also good. -- Thank you for any pointers you can give me.