By Jahan Ramazani
Poetry is usually seen as culturally homogeneous—“stubbornly national,” in T. S. Eliot’s word, or “the such a lot provincial of the arts,” in keeping with W. H. Auden. yet in A Transnational Poetics, Jahan Ramazani uncovers the ocean-straddling energies of the poetic imagination—in modernism and the Harlem Renaissance; in post–World warfare II North the US and the North Atlantic; and in ethnic American, postcolonial, and black British writing. Cross-cultural alternate and effect are, he argues, one of the leader engines of poetic improvement within the 20th and twenty-first centuries.
Reexamining the paintings of a wide range of poets, from Eliot, Yeats, and Langston Hughes to Elizabeth Bishop, Lorna Goodison, and Agha Shahid Ali, Ramazani finds the various ways that glossy and modern poetry in English overflows nationwide borders and exceeds the scope of nationwide literary paradigms. via a number of transnational templates—globalization, migration, go back and forth, style, impression, modernity, decolonization, and diaspora—he discovers poetic connection and discussion throughout countries or even hemispheres.
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