Laurie Troth

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Master of Arts (MA)

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Edna St. Vincent Millay and Mina Loy were two of the best known poets in America during the 1920s and 1930s. While they held many of the same views, Millay and Loy wrote in two very different styles of poetry. Edna St. Vincent Millay most often wrote in the sonnet form, using regular meters and full rhymes, and employed archaic word choices and inverted word order in her poetry. In contrast, Mina Loy deliberately broke every rule of poetry, withholding traditional meter, rhyme, syntax, grammar, punctuation, and even creating her own words. The two poets demonstrate discontent with the idealized form of love, and help to create a voice for a new, passionate, sexual, and assertive female lover to contrast the stereotypically dependent, beautiful love object created by generations of male poets. Much of their poetry critiques a female's dependence upon a man, and instead offers women an alternative model by acknowledging their sexuality and by determining how love ( or the lack thereof) affects their lives.

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Loy, Mina -- Criticism and interpretation Millay, Edna St. Vincent, 1892-1950 -- Criticism and interpretation Poetry -- Women authors -- History and criticism American poetry -- 20th century -- History and criticism



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