Poetry in Theory
Readers should find in this volume materials relevant to different kinds of enquiry: about poetic form and language; about the role of the poet and poetry within modern culture; about the place of poetry within arguments about the identity of literature; and about the relation of poetry to the other arts. Ideas about poetry have played a formative role in 20th-century debates about aesthetics, language, culture and imagination. This anthology offers readers access to these debates and to an understanding of poetry both as a specific art form and as a term within discussions about the nature of cultural modernity. It includes texts in translation from French, German, Spanish, Italian and Russian sources as well as the work of writers from Britain, Ireland, the United States, Africa, India and the Caribbean.
Table of Contents
Part I: 1900-20 W.B. Yeats The Symbolism of Poetry (1900) Rainer Maria Rilke Three Letters (1903, 1907, 1925) Sigmund Freud Creative Writers and Daydreaming (1908) T.E. Hulme Romanticism and Classicism (1911) Filippo Marinetti The Technical Manifesto of Futurist Literature (1912) Rabindrantah Tagore Poet Yeats (1912) Edward Thomas Robert Frost (1914) Amy Lowell Poetry as Spoken Art (1917) Guillaume Apollinaire The New Spirit and the Poets (1917) Ezra Pound A Retrospect (1918) Tristan Tzara Note on Poetry (1919) Velimir Khlebnikov On Poetry and On Contemporary Poetry (1919/20) T.S. Eliot Tradition and the Individual Talent (1919) D.H. Lawrence Preface to New Poems (1920) William Carlos Williams Prologue to Kora in Hell (1920)
Part II: 1920-40 Hart Crane General Aims and Theories (1925) Langston Hughes The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain (1926) Vladimir Mayakovsky How are Verses Made (1926) I.A. Richards Science and Poetry (1926) Robert Graves and Laura Riding.