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Thesis (M.A.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1928. Department of English.


Copyright 1928, the author. Used by permission.


The purpose of this volume is to bring together the means of seeing the wealth of poetic beauty and truth abroad in our land.

The author has endeavored to include only those poems published since 1900, but the first publication of a few may date prior to that year.The author has refrained from using many that hark back to times earlier than the 20th century.Also purposely excluded are poems concerning noted individuals, special occasions, or periods.

It is the intention of this piece to represent the best known poets of this era who through their works have demonstrated poetic beauty and truth.Neither the number of poems quoted nor the number of pages devoted to an author is necessarily a measure of that poet’s comparative worth.

Only two cities, New York and Chicago, have been given special attention, because they are typical in spirit of eastern and western cities.Effort was made to represent as many nationalities and occupations as possible, with the result that thirty or more of the former, and as many as twelve of the latter have found a place in the volume.

While not every state has been represented, partly due to a lack of material, the outstanding occupations, geography, and people of each section have been represented.A section of miscellaneous poems reflect upon life in America, with no specific connection to a region.

No attempt has been made to criticize these works; notes are only made to assist readers in the comprehension and understanding of the poems.