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Chapter 1 - The Raw and the Cooked

The New Criticism versus the New American Poetry

from Part I - American Poetry from 1945 to 1970

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 December 2022

Andrew Epstein
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Florida State University
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This chapter discusses what happens to modernism, the revolutionary movement that dominated the first half of the twentieth century, as it becomes institutionalized, and examines the movement’s legacy after 1945. It discusses how the poetry of the post-1945 period became dominated by a major schism between “academic” and “anti-academic” poetry (or, as Robert Lowell called it, the “cooked” versus the “raw”). The chapter charts the advent of the New Criticism and explains its main principles, goals, and practitioners, focuses on examples of formalist poems in the New Critical mode by Robert Lowell, Richard Wilbur, and James Merrill, and introduces the new, alternative forms of poetry that came to be known as “The New American Poetry.”

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Print publication year: 2022

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  • The Raw and the Cooked
  • Andrew Epstein, Florida State University
  • Book: The Cambridge Introduction to American Poetry since 1945
  • Online publication: 01 December 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108687317.003
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  • The Raw and the Cooked
  • Andrew Epstein, Florida State University
  • Book: The Cambridge Introduction to American Poetry since 1945
  • Online publication: 01 December 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108687317.003
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  • The Raw and the Cooked
  • Andrew Epstein, Florida State University
  • Book: The Cambridge Introduction to American Poetry since 1945
  • Online publication: 01 December 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108687317.003
Available formats
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