"To the Acmeist, the role of the poet was not to be an oracle or a diviner but a skilled worker."
"The Augustan era in English poetry is noted for its fondness for wit, urbanity, and classical (mostly Roman) forms and values."
"The battle against social conformity and literary tradition was central to the work of the Beats."
"Artists within the movement sought to create politically engaged work that explored the African American cultural and historical experience."
"It was one of the first schools to stress the importance of teaching creative arts."
"A literary movement, self-described by its practitioners as an act of 'uncreative writing.'"
"Works of concrete poetry are as much pieces of visual art made with words as they are poems."
"The confessional poetry of the mid-twentieth century dealt with subject matter that previously had not been openly discussed in American poetry."
"It is a jazz of Irish storytelling, Scottish seafaring and cattle tending."
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."
"An attempt to hear and read the poetries of distant others, outside the Western tradition as we know it now."
"The first group of American poets to rival British poets in popularity in either country."
"They were preoccupied with defending the traditional values of the agrarian South against the effects of urban industrialization."
"It promoted extreme artistic innovation and experimentation, declaring a radical disassociation from the past and a focus on new art, technology, and politics."
"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."
Kanaka Maoli (native Hawaiian) poetry
"Hawaiians for centuries were master orators and chanters, articulate historians, prolific songwriters, and eloquent storytellers."
"To use the language of common speech, but to employ always the exact word, not the nearly-exact, nor the merely decorative word."
"Writing about jazz poetry is, as they say, like dancing about architecture."
"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."
"A poetic style in which philosophical and spiritual subjects were approached with reason and often concluded in paradox."
"From the Beijing Spring of 1979 until the student uprisings of 1989 a new generation of poets flourished in China."
"To these revolutionary poets, traditional poetic forms and diction seemed outmoded and too genteel to suit an era of technological advances and global violence."
"Practicioners of modernismo often set their poems in exotic landscapes dotted with swans, peacocks, lilies, princesses, and other symbols of nobility and aristocracy."
"The movement is marked by its rejection of European colonization and its role in the African diaspora."
"A late-twentieth century development in American poetry that sought to revive traditional forms of verse--metrically, rhythmically, and stanzaically."
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."
"I said objectivist, and they said objectivism and that makes all the difference."
"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."
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."
"Often highly politicized, drawing upon racial, economic, and gender injustices as well as current events for subject manner."
"The surrealists desired to open the vistas of the arts through the close observation of the dream state and the free play of thought."
"Their structures and conceits are built upon grand, illogical, intuitive associations."