The American Sonnet: Commentary and Conversation
Building on The American Sonnet: An Anthology of Poems and Essays (University of Iowa Press, 2023) and the Sonnets from the American Symposium (2020)
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from Dora Malech and Laura T. Smith, Editors
Welcome to the website of The American Sonnet: An Anthology of Poems and Essays.
If you’ve found us as a result of reading or teaching from The American Sonnet: An Anthology of Poems and Essays, we hope you’ll find the added resources here helpful.
If you are new to the American sonnet, we hope you’ll enjoy the poems and commentary gathered here and join the conversation.
In this space, we look forward to expanding on and complementing the poets and poems featured in the Anthology, continuing the critical discussion about the American sonnet, and fostering a gathering space for emerging sonnet news and conversation.
Over time, in addition to essays, reviews, and news, the website will include a searchable collection of selected "Sonnets from the American" and links to other American sonnet resources available on the web.
The original title of this project, Sonnets from the American, drew upon Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s 1850 Sonnets from the Portuguese, which invoked the popular literary traditions of circulation and translation in order to disguise her intimate, original sonnets. The Sonnets from the American project (first implemented as a virtual symposium, archived here) similarly originated from interest in the circulation of American sonnets, the communities in which they travel and that form around them, their international and global networks, and the ways sonnets build upon and construct tradition, but also in the ways American sonnets disguise themselves—as prose poems, blues, ghazals, fragments, narratives, and visual poems.
While the Anthology traces a continuous American sonnet tradition from the 1760s to the present, the history of the American sonnet is growing rapidly as new sonnets, sonnet collections, and criticism appear. We hope this website will prove a useful tool for researchers, teachers, students, poets, and all those interested in the past and future of the sonnet from the American.
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