Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

1983

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

English

First Advisor

Will C. Jumper

Abstract

Modern poetry is a pale-faced, wasted genre, long ago confined to the terminal ward of the social imagination. Its vitality has been sapped, and its position in American culture usurped by the electronic media: films, radio, and especially television. The traditional standards of poetic excellence have no great bearing on the issue. It matters not so much that poets still aspire to quality, inspiration, and genius as it does that there are few people willing to read their works. The inescapable fact is that mindless sitcoms and soap operas beamed into countless living rooms across our land are having a far greater impact on the lives of average Americans than poetry has had or ever will have.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-5075

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu

Copyright Owner

Donald Neil Wolfe

Language

en

Date Available

May 29, 2013

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

47 pages

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