Language poets



The Language poetry movement (starting in the 1970's) was greatly influences by the Black Mountain poets and New York Schools. Thinking that poetry's purpose was to focus on the language of the poem, these poets would aim to create new ways for the reader to interact with their works. In Language poetry, the language has complete control over the meaning of the poem and it forces the reader to take a large part in the interpretation of the reading. Poets of the Language movement include Ron Silliman, Charles Bernstein, and Lyn Hejinian.

Poet Ron Silliman

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"A Brief Guide to Language Poetry." - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More. Web. 25 Oct. 2010. <>.