Canaday Center

Modernist Literature Collection: Poetry

The University of Toledo’s Ward M. Canaday Center holds a unique and rare collection of books from the Modernist era of literature. Focusing particularly on poets, this collection is an invaluable resource to a student or scholar interested in the literature of 1900 and beyond.

This online guide to the Canaday Center’s Modernist poetry collection serves to give an idea of the type of books we have available for your perusal. The writers and books below are not intended to provide an exhaustive list of Modernist personae and documents, but they clearly reflect the collection that we have here at the University. Once you’ve browsed the online guide, why not stop by the 5th floor of Carlson Library and take a look at these rare books yourself?

 What is Modernism?


Featured Poets:

W. H. Auden, 1907-1973The Waste Land, by T.S. Eliot

Richard Aldington, 1892-1962 

E. E. Cummings, 1894-1962

H.D., 1886-1961

T.S. Eliot, 1888-1965

Robert Frost, 1874-1963

Amy Lowell, 1874-1925

Mina Loy, 1882-1966

Marianne Moore, 1887-1972 

Ezra Pound, 1885-1972

Wallace Stevens, 1879-1955

William Carlos Williams, 1883-1963


 Des Imagistes cover

 Featured Anthologies:

Des Imagistes

Some Imagist Poets


Helpful Links:

A Brief Guide to Modernism

A Detailed Description of Modernism

Modern and Contemporary American Poetry Resources




Last Updated: 7/1/19