American Poetry, 1922

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From A Foreword: When the first Miscellany of American Poetry appeared in 1920, innumerable were the questions asked by both readers and reviewers of publishers and contributors alike. The modest note on the jacket appeared to satisfy no one. The volume purported to have no editor, yet a collection without an editor was pronounced preposterous. It was obviously not the organ of a school, yet it did not seem to have been compiled to exploit any particular phase of American life; neither Nature, Love, Patriotism, Propaganda, nor Philosophy could be acclaimed as its reason for being, and it was certainly not intended, as has been so frequent of late, to bring a cheerful absence of mind to the world-weary during an unoccupied ten minutes. Again, it was exclusive not inclusive, since its object was, evidently, not the meritorious if impossible one of attempting to be a compendium of present-day American verse.
The book contains works of Amy Lowel, Robert Frost, Carl Sandburg, Vachel Linsday, James Oppenheim, Alfred Kreymborg, Sara Teasdale, Louis Untermeyer, John Gould Fletcher, Jean Starr Untermeyer, and some others.
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