Pastoral, Pragmatism, and Twentieth-Century American Poetry
|Publication Date||February 2011|
|Formats||Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) Hardcover|
|Series||Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics|
Pastoral, Pragmatism, and Twentieth-Century American Poetry argues that pastoral has remained a significant mode in modern American poetry, often as a means of talking about who the ideal self or poet should be and how the poet fits into the larger national community. Influenced by the work of William James and John Dewey, Ann Mikkelsen deftly argues that the "pragmatic pastoral" mode depicts a transitory, evolving, experimental state of being rather than a static, ironic, or nostalgic worldview. By re-evaluating relationships between the poet and the people, the poem and life experience, this book demonstrates that these pastorals reflect the ethical dilemmas of a society in flux.