James Wright Poetry: American Poets Analysis - Essay

James Wright Poetry: American Poets Analysis

(Poets and Poetry in America)

Readers who come to James Wright’s poetry from a traditional or even a modernist orientation are likely to be struck by a distinctive blend of despair, compassion, and self-revelation. Even in a century characterized by anxiety in poetry, a century in which the most influential single poem would be called The Waste Land (1922), Wright’s vision seems unusually bleak. The pessimism is, however, balanced by a profound compassion for all mortal beings, which is at the heart of Wright’s work. Whereas such great modernists as Eliot, Pound, Stevens, and Robert Frost sought objectivity through wit, irony, and rhetorical discontinuity, Wright has written directly of his anguished compassion for his fellow creatures.


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