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The Degenerate MuseAmerican Nature, Modernist Poetry, and the Problem of Cultural Hygiene$
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Robin G. Schulze

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199920327

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199920327.001.0001

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(p.231) Conclusion
The Degenerate Muse

Robin G. Schulze

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The move back to a health-giving nature did not preclude or contradict a move forward into modernity. The move back ensured that Americans would maintain the racial, physical, and mental strength to move into a future where the ever more complete control of nature was the goal. The retreat was a key component of the advance. The conception of American nature as America’s best defense against bodily, mental, and cultural decay is still very much with us, a product, in part, of those writers like Monroe, Pound, and Moore, who transmuted the myth into art and made nature modern.

Keywords:   Marianne Moore, Ezra Pound, Harriet Monroe, poetry, degeneration, health, american, culture, nature, fascism

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