In the 20th Century, the American poetry scene was considered as a golden period and there were some outstanding poets that made great contributions to the literary world. There were many American poets who broke the geographical boundaries to reach out to millions of people across the globe, and win their hearts with poetry. Some of the best contributions of the 20th century are:
- The Wasteland: We have t
o start with this amazing poem contributed by T. S. Eliot. This one has got five sections and talks about a lot of things which were inspired from his personal life and related to what was happening around the time of publication.
- Daddy: Daddy was written by Sylvia Plath. This poem is very touching.
- The Snowman: Written by Wallace Stevens. This poem was one of the most popular ones of the 20th century. Some of the lines are:
And have been cold a long time
To behold the junipers shagged with ice,
The spruces rough in the distant glitter
Of the January sun; and not to think
Of any misery in the sound of the wind,
In the sound of a few leaves,
- For the Union Dead: Written by Robert Lowell. He tried to depict the Civil wars, graveyards, and lost lives and property that took place around that time. He hops from the past to present.
- Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening: Robert Frost wrote this beautiful poem. In this poem, he talks about someone with his horse in the woods. There is a frozen lake and a horse. It is filled with action.
- The People, Yes: Carl Sandburg wrote this beautiful poem. This poet has carefully depicted American culture in this book-length poem. The language used in the poem is not difficult and the poet has tried to use layman’s language.