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Beleaguered Poets and Leftist Critics: Stevens, Cummings, by Milton A. Cohen

By Milton A. Cohen

assorted as they have been as poets, Wallace Stevens, E. E. Cummings, Robert Frost, and Williams Carlos Williams grappled with the hugely charged literary politics of the Nineteen Thirties in related methods. As different writers moved sharply to the Left, and as leftist critics promulgated a proletarian aesthetics, those modernist poets keenly felt the strain of the days and politicized literary scene. All 4 poets observed their reputations significantly challenged in those years and felt forced to reply to the hot politics, literary and nationwide, in specified methods, starting from rejection to involvement. 

Beleaguered Poets and Leftist Critics heavily examines the dynamics of those responses: what those 4 poets wrote—in letters, essays, lectures, fiction (for Williams), and most significantly, of their poems; what they believed politically and aesthetically; how critics, really leftist critics, reviewed their paintings; how those poets reacted to that feedback and to the wider milieu of leftism. each one poet’s reaction and its next effect on his poetic output is a different case learn of the conflicting calls for of artwork and politics in a time of significant social change. 

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