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The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist MagazinesVolume II: North America 1894-1960$
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Peter Brooker and Andrew Thacker

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199545810

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199545810.001.0001

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The New Poetry

The New Poetry

The Glebe (1913–14); Others (1915–19); and Poetry Review of America (1916–17)

(p.299) 12 The New Poetry
The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines

Suzanne W. Churchill

Ethan Jaffee

Oxford University Press

Poetry became a popular form of entertainment in 1915. A ‘new poetry’, also known as free verse or vers libre, became the rage and a source of lively and contentious debate among poets, critics, and popular audiences. This chapter demonstrates how a discourse of free verse, which started out in modernist ‘little magazines’, circulated in and through various kinds of periodicals and formed a discourse about free verse that concerned not only its aesthetics and poetics, but also its broad social and political implications. It focuses on the history of The Glebe, Others, and Poetry Review of America.

Keywords:   free verse, new poetry, American magazines, periodicals, little magazine

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