Songs of Ourselves: The Uses of Poetry in America
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Songs of Ourselves: The Uses of Poetry in America

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ISBN-13:
9780674035126
Einband:
Taschenbuch
Erscheinungsdatum:
01.10.2009
Seiten:
470
Autor:
Joan Shelley Rubin
Gewicht:
612 g
Format:
221x137x33 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Introduction Part I. The Poet in American Culture *1. Seer and Sage *2. Amateur and Professional *3. Absence and Presence *4. Sophisticate and Innocent *5. Celebrity and Cipher *6. Alien and Intimate Part II. Poetry in Place and Practice *7. Listen, My Children: Modes of Poetry Reading in American Schools *8. I Am an American: Poetry and Civic Ideals *9. Grow Old Along with Me: Poetry and Emotions among Family and Friends *10. God's in His Heaven: Religious Uses of Verse *11. Lovely as a Tree: Reading and Seeing Out-of-Doors * Coda: "Favorite Poems" and Contemporary Readers * Notes * Index
In the years between 1880 and 1950, Americans recited poetry at family gatherings, school assemblies, church services, camp outings, and civic affairs. This book presents a portrait of the uses of verse in America. It shows how the sites and practices of reciting poetry influenced readers' lives and helped them to find meaning in a poet's words.