A Poetics of Global Solidarity: Modern American Poetry and by Clemens Spahr

By Clemens Spahr

Tackling themes comparable to globalization and political activism, this e-book lines engaged poetics in twentieth century American poetry. Spahr presents a complete view of activist poetry, beginning with the nice melancholy and the Harlem Renaissance and relocating to the Beats and modern writers equivalent to Amiri Baraka and Mark Nowak.

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Foley, Radical Representations; Murphy). The modernism of Dynamo magazine thus was part of a diverse cultural front, which is best understood as a constellation where writers shared a common aim, but critically and controversially discussed the literary means that could be used productively for creating a collective liberating subjectivity. In the context of these rich cultural and political discussions, Rolfe tried to unearth the revolutionary potential of poetic tradition. In accordance with his engagement of poetic tradition, Rolfe rewrites the lyrical heritage of Romanticism into a global poetic subjectivity in To My Contemporaries.

A. Green 81). Dos Passos’s dormitory scene is representative of the public singing of lyrics in the 1910s, as well as the distribution of poems and the circulation of poem cards (cf. Nelson, Revolutionary Memory 28–36), which turned poetic expression into a literary instrument in the service of social change. Dos Passos’s account also sheds light on the role and influence of the public poet in this era. A. march, was Arturo Giovannitti (1884–1959). Born into a relatively well-situated family in the poor region of what is now Molise in southern Italy, Giovannitti studied theology at McGill University in Montreal before moving to the United States, where he soon became a tremendously successful labor activist and helped coordinate the Lawrence textile strike with fellow trade union organizer Joseph Ettor.

In “To My Contemporaries,” Rolfe rewrites and reconstitutes the subject through poetic form and literary tradition in order to involve the individual in the imagination of a future built on global solidarity.

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