After students have viewed the video, read the headnotes and literary selections in The Norton Anthology of American Literature, and explored related archival materials on the American Passages Web site, they should be able to
describe at least two different varieties of literary modernism and discuss how black and white modernist experiments may have influenced each other;
relate the historical and cultural developments and controversies of the time to poetry written between the world wars;
discuss how these authors imagine American identity;
analyze and compare basic poetic strategies such as the use of form, language, allusion, imagery, and rhythm in the poetry in this unit.
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