American War Poetry: A Recap

Literature is frequently rooted within historical events and American poetry is no exception, with much of American poetry having its inspiration in war. A significant evolution in American war poetry occurred through the historic milestones of World War II and the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Poetry from these wars do have much in common; shared […]

The Evolution of the Epic: A Summary

This summer I have spent my time exploring the history of the Western epic tradition. My goal was to gain an understanding of the genre and how it has changed, as well as its significance in relation to the modern era. Through my research, I found that while the epic evolved through a series of […]

American War Poetry: the Vietnam War

Poetry inspired by the Vietnam War comes from a much more diverse authorship than that behind the poetry of World War II or the Korean War.  Writers like Yusef Komunyakaa (an African-American), women poets Adrienne Rich and Denise Levertov, and the openly gay Allen Ginsberg really broke the typical white male mold.  Also unlike with […]