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Of Modern Poetry

Of Modern Poetry

by Wallace Stevens

Of Modern Poetry: What's Modern Poetry Again? True or False

1. Judging by Stevens' poem, modern poetry's most important role is to -> Make the old new again
2. Why does modern poetry have to "face the men of the time and to meet/ The women of the time"? -> Because poetry needs to speak to the people of its time
3. What does Stevens mean when he says that modern poetry should be "The poem of the act of the mind"? -> It should focus on performing more than telling the truth
4. Why will modern poetry not "descend" below the human mind or "rise" above it? -> Because everything except the human mind is disgusting
5. Why did classical poetry not have to do the things modern poetry does? -> Because classic poets were happy to be just like everyone else

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