Home #Blue Nib Issues Issue 40 | December 2019 | An Exploration of the Rise and Fall of Alt-Lit by Ada Wofford

An Exploration of the Rise and Fall of Alt-Lit by Ada Wofford

Part two of A Critical Examination of 21st Century Poetry.

Introduction

Oscar Wilde once famously stated that, “All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling. To be natural is to be obvious, and to be obvious is to be inartistic.” If we take this to be true then our analysis of Kaur proves her body of work is quite inartistic and therefore, by extension, the movement of Insta-poetry as a whole is inartistic. But surely this mass movement of “genuine feeling” didn’t come out of nowhere. The...

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