Modernistic Poetry in English is generally considered to have emerged in the latter part of the 19th and early part of the 20th centuries. In general, modernists saw themselves as looking back to the best practices of poets in earlier periods and other cultures. Their models included ancient Greek literature, Chinese and Japanese poetry, the troubadours, Dante and the medieval Italian philosophical poets, and the English Metaphysical poets.
The roots of English-language poetic modernism can be traced back to the works of a number of earlier writers, including Walt Whitman, whose long lines approached a type of free verse, the prose poetry of Oscar Wilde, Robert Browning’s subversion of the poetic self, Emily Dickinson’s compression and the writings of the early English Symbolists.
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