Building Natures: Modern American Poetry, Landscape by Julia Daniel

By Julia Daniel

In Building Natures, Julia Daniel establishes the
impression of panorama structure, urban making plans, and parks administration on American poetry to
convey how modernists engaged with the golf green worlds and social playgrounds created by way of those new
professions within the early 20th century. the trendy poets who catch those parks in verse
discover the classy rules and sometimes failed democratic beliefs embedded in the
designers’ verdant architectures. The poetry of Carl Sandburg, Wallace Stevens, William
Carlos Williams, and Marianne Moore foregrounds the artistry at the back of our so much iconic green
areas. while, it demonstrates how parks framed, instead of ameliorated, civic
anxieties approximately an more and more varied inhabitants dwelling and dealing in dense, bad urban

Through a mixture of ecocriticism, city experiences, and historical
geography, Building Natures unveils the missed city context for seemingly
traditional landscapes in numerous modernist poems, comparable to Moore’s "An Octopus" and
Stevens’s Notes towards a ideally suited Fiction, whereas contributing to the dismantling of the
organic-mechanic divide in modernist reports and ecocriticism.

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