At a glance:
- Author: Allen Tate
- First Published: 1928
- Genres: Poetry
- Subjects: United States or Americans, Twentieth century, Authors or writers, Literature, Poetry or poets
A reader who comes across a volume of poetry by Allen Tate will probably read only a few pages before words such as “obscure” and “rigid structure” from literature survey courses make him put it back on the shelf. Tate is not, in fact, an easy poet to understand. There are four principle reasons why his poetry is not at first as engaging as that of several of his contemporaries; the heirs of our literary tradition will perhaps give these same reasons to explain why his works have survived. Certainly Tate will survive in the myth he has created; four...
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