Modern Era Poetry

Midwestern Poets were popular
for their use of realism and dramatic emphasis

Most Midwestern poets
looked to keep traditional forms and ordinary speech

Chicago was “cultured” because
architecture, poetry, and the orchestra

Symbolist poets believed
in imagination over reason

Imagism poets believed
in simple language; fragmented meaning; concrete images

Carl Sanburg
folksinger; Lincoln historian; traveled Midwest as a hobo

William Carols Williams
diverse racial background; underrated poet

Ezra Pound
insane imagist poet; anti-USA; “Make it new”

Edgar Lee Masters
Midwest small-town poet; epitaph poems

Robert Frost
supported family as a dairy farmer; many personal tragedies

giving non human things human qualities

inscription or dedication for deceased