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American Experimental Poetry and Democratic Thought

Alan Marshall


The purpose of this book is to examine the nature of democratic thought and expression in American experimental poetry, from Walt Whitman in the mid-nineteenth century to George Oppen and Frank O'Hara in the mid‐late twentieth. Its origins lie in Alexis de Tocqueville's discussion of ‘Some Sources of Poetic Inspiration in Democracies’ in the second volume of his Democracy in America. It begins with a chapter on Tocqueville and Whitman, followed by a re‐evaluation of the flawed republican humanism of Ezra Pound in the light of the thought of Hannah Arendt. The other main poets considered are Ro ... More

Keywords: Tocqueville, Arendt, Marx, Freud, Heidegger, Adorno, Cavell, poetry, thought, democracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199561926
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199561926.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alan Marshall, author
Senior Lecturer in American Literature, in the Department of American Studies, King's College London
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