What exactly are poems? And what are they good for? In the 20th century the pre-eminent poetic mode was the lyric, and so poems, generally speaking, were short, explosive devices. Many famous longer poems were written then, too -- William Carlos Williams's Paterson and Ezra Pound's Cantos, for example. Yet neither of these was entirely successful because, in part, they seemed to be occupying some uneasy middle ground between a kind of writing that was embedded in myth, and something more akin to fiction.
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