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Beautiful Enemies: Friendship and Postwar American Poetry

Andrew Epstein

Abstract

Despite the deep-seated notion that the archetypal American poet sings a solitary “Song of Myself,” much of the most enduring American poetry has actually been preoccupied with friendship and its pleasures, contradictions, and discontents. This book examines this obsession with the problems and paradoxes of friendship, tracing its eruption in the New American Poetry that emerges after World War II as a potent avant-garde movement. The book argues that a clash between friendship and non-conformity is central to post-war American poetry and its development. By focusing on some of the most import ... More

Keywords: American poetry, friendship, avant-garde movement, non-conformity, postmodernist, individualism, dynamic movement, poems, collaboration, community

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195181005
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181005.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Epstein, author
Florida State University