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The Outcast Poetics of Paul Laurence Dunbar and Edwin Arlington Robinson

The Outcast Poetics of Paul Laurence Dunbar and Edwin Arlington Robinson , Wright State University American literary naturalism has been so closely identified with prose fiction that there have been few thoroughgoing explorations of the naturalist strain in American poetry at all, much less in the large body of poetry written and published during the three decades or so when naturalism flourished, roughly 1890­1920. Most recently Chris Beyers has tantalizingly traced a naturalist impulse in some American poetry from Stephen Crane to Sharon Olds, suggestive of an "enduring legacy of a naturalistic poetic tradition" which, nonetheless, seems to be a quite narrow strand in the history of American poetics (461). Tyler Hoffman, writing on "Political Poets and Naturalism" in the 2015 Cambridge History of American Poetry finds two poets--in addition to Stephen Crane who must appear in any list--who were "writing [poetry] for the popular press, with the line between muckraking and poetry at times significantly blurred": Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Edwin Markham (473). A search of the mla bibliography using the subject headings "naturalism in American literature" and "poetry" yields about two dozen entries dating from 1943 to the present, confirming Beyers's focus on primarily modernist poets and early twentieth-century writers of naturalist fiction who occasionally published poetry, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Studies in American Naturalism uni_neb

The Outcast Poetics of Paul Laurence Dunbar and Edwin Arlington Robinson

Studies in American Naturalism , Volume 10 (2) – Sep 30, 2016

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, Wright State University American literary naturalism has been so closely identified with prose fiction that there have been few thoroughgoing explorations of the naturalist strain in American poetry at all, much less in the large body of poetry written and published during the three decades or so when naturalism flourished, roughly 1890­1920. Most recently Chris Beyers has tantalizingly traced a naturalist impulse in some American poetry from Stephen Crane to Sharon Olds, suggestive of an "enduring legacy of a naturalistic poetic tradition" which, nonetheless, seems to be a quite narrow strand in the history of American poetics (461). Tyler Hoffman, writing on "Political Poets and Naturalism" in the 2015 Cambridge History of American Poetry finds two poets--in addition to Stephen Crane who must appear in any list--who were "writing [poetry] for the popular press, with the line between muckraking and poetry at times significantly blurred": Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Edwin Markham (473). A search of the mla bibliography using the subject headings "naturalism in American literature" and "poetry" yields about two dozen entries dating from 1943 to the present, confirming Beyers's focus on primarily modernist poets and early twentieth-century writers of naturalist fiction who occasionally published poetry,

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Published: Sep 30, 2016

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