The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry Short Essay - Answer Key

J. D. Mcclatchy
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1. What is the purpose of the anthology? Who is involved? What are the criteria for the poets? How do these poets reflect the popularity and talent of twentieth century poets?

"The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry" by J.D. Mcclatchy is a collection of poetry by seventy-five different American poets born between 1917 and 1959. The poems range in style and purpose but reflect the freedom that is found in the writing of contemporary poetry. These poets were chosen to reflect the richness of the work being produced during and after World War II. Poetry from WWII to the present was richer than the first half of the century. Ironically, the work presented in the book was created during a time when critics stated that contemporary poetry was in a downward spiral.

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