In her seminal study, first published in 1981, Marjorie Perloff argues that the map of Modernist poetry needs to be redrawn to include a central tradition which cannot properly be situated within the Romantic-Symbolist tradition dominating the early twentieth century.
"Ms. Perloff's case is seductively and persuasively argued; her writing is by turns luminous, impassioned, and instructive. The essays on Rimbaud and John Ashbery are among my favorites in this highly intriguing . . . book." —Antioch Review