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By Joan Shelley Rubin

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In the years among 1880 and 1950, americans recited poetry at family members gatherings, college assemblies, church prone, camp outings, and civic affairs. As they did so, they invested poems--and the determine of the poet--with the ideals, values, and feelings that they skilled in these settings.

Reciting a poem including others joined the person to the neighborhood in a distinct and noteworthy method. In a strikingly unique and wealthy portrait of the makes use of of verse in the United States, Joan Shelley Rubin exhibits how the websites and practices of reciting poetry inspired readers' lives and helped them to discover which means in a poet's words.

Emphasizing the cultural conditions that prompted the construction and reception of poets and poetry during this kingdom, Rubin recovers the stories of normal humans examining poems in public areas. We see the new immigrant looking attractiveness, the schoolchild wanting to be built-in into the category, the mourner sharing grief at a funeral, the grandparent attempting to bridge the new release gap--all situations of readers remaking texts to fulfill social and private wishes. retaining the ethical, romantic, and nostalgic legacies of the 19th century, the act of analyzing poems provided cultural continuity, non secular convenience, and enjoyment.

Songs of Ourselves is a distinct historical past of literary texts as lived adventure. by means of blurring the limits among "high" and "popular" poetry in addition to among smooth and standard, it creates a fuller, extra democratic approach of learning our poetic language and ourselves.

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