poem index

Poetic Schools & Movements

Year

2000

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Acmeism
"To the Acmeist, the role of the poet was not to be an oracle or a diviner but a skilled worker."

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Augustans
"The Augustan era in English poetry is noted for its fondness for wit, urbanity, and classical (mostly Roman) forms and values." 

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Beats
"The battle against social conformity and literary tradition was central to the work of the Beats." 

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Black Arts
"Artists within the movement sought to create politically engaged work that explored the African American cultural and historical experience."

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Black Mountain
"It was one of the first schools to stress the importance of teaching creative arts."

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Conceptual Poetry
"A literary movement, self-described by its practitioners as an act of 'uncreative writing.'"

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Concrete Poetry
"Works of concrete poetry are as much pieces of visual art made with words as they are poems." 

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Confessional Poetry
"The confessional poetry of the mid-twentieth century dealt with subject matter that previously had not been openly discussed in American poetry."

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Cowboy Poetry
"It is a jazz of Irish storytelling, Scottish seafaring and cattle tending."

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Dark Room Collective
"It was the sustaining practice of writing in community just as much as the activism of building a community-based reading series for writers of color."

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Ethnopoetics
"An attempt to hear and read the poetries of distant others, outside the Western tradition as we know it now."

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Fireside Poets
"The first group of American poets to rival British poets in popularity in either country."

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The Fugitives
"They were preoccupied with defending the traditional values of the agrarian South against the effects of urban industrialization."

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Futurism
"It promoted extreme artistic innovation and experimentation, declaring a radical disassociation from the past and a focus on new art, technology, and politics."

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Harlem Renaissance
"No place embodied the new aesthetic more than Harlem, home to a thriving artistic scene of literary magazines like The Crisis, cafes, jazz clubs, and scores of reading venues."

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Kanaka Maoli (native Hawaiian) poetry
"Hawaiians for centuries were master orators and chanters, articulate historians, prolific songwriters, and eloquent storytellers."


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Imagism
"To use the language of common speech, but to employ always the exact word, not the nearly-exact, nor the merely decorative word."

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Jazz Poetry
"Writing about jazz poetry is, as they say, like dancing about architecture."

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Language Poetry
"Language poetry’s purpose was to place complete emphasis on the language of the poem and to create a new way for the reader to interact with the work."

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Metaphysical Poets
"A poetic style in which philosophical and spiritual subjects were approached with reason and often concluded in paradox."

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Misty Poets
"From the Beijing Spring of 1979 until the student uprisings of 1989 a new generation of poets flourished in China."

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Modernism
"To these revolutionary poets, traditional poetic forms and diction seemed outmoded and too genteel to suit an era of technological advances and global violence."

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Modernismo
"Practicioners of modernismo often set their poems in exotic landscapes dotted with swans, peacocks, lilies, princesses, and other symbols of nobility and aristocracy."

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Negritude
"The movement is marked by its rejection of European colonization and its role in the African diaspora."

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New Formalism
"A late-twentieth century development in American poetry that sought to revive traditional forms of verse--metrically, rhythmically, and stanzaically."

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New York School
"The poetry of the New York School was serious but also ironic, and incorporated an urban sensibility into much of the work."

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Objectivists
"I said objectivist, and they said objectivism and that makes all the difference."

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Romanticism
"Its influence was felt across continents and through every artistic discipline into the mid-nineteenth century, and many of its values and beliefs can still be seen in contemporary poetry."

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San Francisco Renaissance
"It was not a single movement, but rather a collage of many different communities that migrated to San Francisco during the postwar era seeking out the remnants of bohemian culture in America."

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Slam
"Often highly politicized, drawing upon racial, economic, and gender injustices as well as current events for subject manner."

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Surrealism
"The surrealists desired to open the vistas of the arts through the close observation of the dream state and the free play of thought."

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Symbolists
"Their structures and conceits are built upon grand, illogical, intuitive associations."