We've been hearing for years that poetry is dead, or that it does't matter. New research demonstrates that this simply isn't the case. Poetry is on the move and is as vibrant an outlet for human expression as it ever was.
From the Mystic Stamp Company Website:
Early American poetry of the 17th century was largely British influenced. By the mid-20th century, American poetry had become such a distinct style, British poets looked to the U.S. for inspiration.
American poetry moved away from the traditional style in the mid-1800s, led by Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson. Their use of free verse, emotion, obscurity, and irony shaped 20th century poetry.
At the turn of the 20th century, poets rejected traditional forms and focused on fragmentation, ellipsis, allusion, juxtaposition, irony, shifting perspective, and mythological parallels. Significant poets of the time included Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, and E.E. Cummings.
Following World War II, a new generation of poets emerged, largely influenced by Wallace Stevens. Among them were Elizabeth Bishop and Theodore Roethke. The end of the war also brought a flood of new styles, including Confessional and Beat poetry, which strongly influenced Sylvia Plath. This era also saw the emergence of the Black Mountain poets, among them Denise Levertov. The 20th century saw numerous other styles, including focus on the works of African-Americans like Gwendolyn Brooks and Robert Hayden. America also welcomed and embraced writers from other nations, including Joseph Brodsky, who became the first foreign-born U.S. Poet Laureate.
From humble beginnings, American poets developed a distinct new style that has continued to evolve into a new century.
A poet responds to the loss of Hugo House and to the re-imagining of Seattle. Place and erasure focus this poet's idea of loss. A great listen. http://kuow.org/post/poetic-ode-demolition-richard-hugo-house
Gregory Orr's A Primer for Poets & Readers of Poetry
(Taken from Barnes and Noble Bookseller Website.) An innovative and accessible guide to poetry-writing by an award-winning poet and beloved professor of poetry.A Primer for Poets and Readers of Poetry guides the young poet toward a deeper understanding of how poetry can function in his or her life, while also introducing the art in an exciting new way. Using such poems as Theodore Roethke’s "My Papa’s Waltz" and Robert Hayden’s "Those Winter Sundays," the Primer encourages young writers to approach their "thresholds"—those places where disorder meets order, where shaping imagination can turn language into urgent and persuasive poems. It provides the poet with more than a dozen focused writing exercises and explains essential topics such as the personal and cultural threshold; the four forces that animate poetic language (naming, singing, saying, imagining); tactics of revision; ecstasy and engagement as motives for poetry; and how to locate and learn from our personal poetic forebears.