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Metaphysical Poetry
John Donne, George Herbert, Andrew Marvell; Seventeenth century poetry that talks about love, death, God and human frailty. Difficult and obscure, wit, irony, paradox and elaborate dazzling rhymes and huge shifts in scale

Augustan Poetry
John Dryden, Alexander Pope, Jonathan Swift, John Gay; rhymed heroic couplet satire, antiquated, human frailty, allusions

Romantic Poetry
William Wordsworth, Percy Shelley, John Keats, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, Walter Scott, Nathaniel hawthorne; 19th century English and American poetry that talks about common life, very emotional, nature-like, natural imagery, human imagination, sublime and transcendence

Symbolistic Poetry
Charles Baudelaire, W.B Yeats, T.S. Eliot, the link b/een romanticism and modernism, very sensual, deal with dusk and dawn, musical, more concerned with aesthetics and synaesthesia

Modernistic Poetry
Wallace Stevens, e.e cummings; a willingness to experiment with the new, allusions, cubism, systematic representations of human consciousness, socialism and fascism

Harlem Renaissance Poetry
Countee Cullen, Langston Hughes, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Zora Neal Hurston; started in the 1st half of the 20th century after WWI (product of the Great Migration), resembling blues lyrics and related to African American pressing issues

Postmodernism Poetry
some controversy over the legitimacy of the name; much parody, irony,narrative instablility, allusions, strict binary concepts, surface is more interesting than depth

Beats Poetry
Gary Snyder, Gregory Corso; used diff settings to practice hallucinogenic, visionary, anti-establishment art, mythologized themselves and showed personal frankness

Confessional Poetry
Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath; took the personal pronouns seriously, revealed what was really going on

New York School Poetry
Barbara Guest, John Ashbery; irony, wrote art criticism, helped the reader see the world in new and diff ways, used both extremes

Black Arts Movement
Amiri Baraka, Ntozake Shange; members of the black power movement, aggresive

Black Mountain Poets
Robert Creely; all poets taught at the same school yet showed varying styles of poetry

Gwendolyn Brooks
“The Bean Eaters”, “We Real Cool”, Black Arts Movement

Lawrence Ferlinghetti
“A Coney Island of the Mind”, “Wild Dreams of a New Beginning”, Beats

John Donne
“Death Be not Proud”, “The Sun Rising”, “Love’s Alchemy”, Metaphysical

Wallace Stevens
“13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird”, “Anecdote of the Jar”

Charles Baudelaire
“Spleen”, “Harmonie Du Soir”, symbolist

Charles Olsen
“The Maximus Poems”, Black Mountain

William Wordsworth
“I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud”, Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey”, “My Heart Leaps Up When I Behold”, romantic

John Berryman
” Dream Song 1, 4, 29″ Confessional

Alexander Pope
“The Rape of the Lock”, Augustan

Paul Dunbar
“Frederick Douglass”, “We Wear the Mask”, Harlem Renaissance

Barbera Guest
“The Blue Stairs”, “Echoes”, New York School of Poets

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