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Brings together 48 fresh and original contributions from practicing poets and leading scholars, who together offer critical and contextual coverage of the full range of English-language poetry in the last century.
  • Brings together original contributions by leading international scholars and practising poets.
  • Offers critical and contextual coverage of the full range of English-language poetry in the twentieth-century.
  • Incorporates new readings of key selected texts.
  • Embraces the extraordinary development of poetry over the century in twenty English-speaking countries.
  • Fully integrates women poets, feminist approaches and post-colonial poets.
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From the Publisher
"Roberts has brought together an extraordinary collection of 48 engagingly written and informative essays. This reviewer is aware of no other volume covering the full range of English-language poetry in the twentieth century. Recommended for all collections, this title will be a welcome reference and guide for undergraduate students and useful for specialists."
Library Journal
Despite POETRY's current reputation as an elitist, almost marginal form of literature, it continues to be widely practiced and studied. A number of guides to English-language verse have been published recently, but this well-balanced collection of critical essays, each written by a major scholar, is unusually thorough. Characterized by powerful new ideologies, 20th-century POETRY was propelled by Imagism, the Beat aesthetic, Confessionalism, and other important literary movements that are clearly described. Editor Roberts (English, Sheffield Univ.) sets out to highlight the most influential works of "more than twenty countries," and he succeeds admirably. In addition to featuring such major figures as T.S. Eliot and Robert Frost, the book fills a gap in that it covers poets from many Commonwealth regions (Australia, India, the Caribbean, etc.) whose works are seldom discussed elsewhere. Substantial bibliographies round out the volume. Unfortunately, the book's hefty price tag will no doubt hurt its sales. But where budgets allow, this comprehensive volume is an excellent purchase for academic and public libraries. Ellen Sullivan, Ferguson Lib., Stamford, CT Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Meet the Author

Neil Roberts is Professor of English Literature at Sheffield University. He has been a visiting professor at the University of New Mexico and also Chuo University in Japan. His publications on a wide range of contemporary poets, as well as on George Meredith and D.H Lawrence and Bakhtin, include Narrative and Voice in Postwar Poetry (1999).

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Table of Contents


Notes on Contributors.

Introduction (Neil Roberts, University of Sheffield).

Part I: Topics and Debates.

1. Modernism and the Transatlantic Connection (Hugh Witemeyer, University of New Mexico).

2. Modernist Poetry and its Precursors (Peter Brooker, School of Cultural Studies, Nene College of Further Education).

3. The Non-Modernist Modern (David Goldie, University of Strathclyde).

4. Poetry and Politics (Reed Way Dasenbrock, New Mexico State University).

5. Poetry and War (Matthew Campbell, University of Sheffield).

6. Poetry and Science (Tim Armstrong, Royal Holloway College).

7. Poetry and Literary Theory (Joanne Feit Diehl, University of California at Davis).

8. Poetry and Gender (Edward Larrissy, University of Leeds).

9. Interrupted Monologue: Alternative Poets of the Mid-Century (Phillip Hobsbaum, University of Glasgow).

Part II: Poetic Movements:.

10. Imagism (Jacob Korg).

11. The New Negro Renaissance (William W. Cook, Dartmouth College, Hanover).

12. Poetry and the New Criticism (Stephen Burt, Macalester College and Jennifer Lewin, Yale University).

13. Black Mountain and Projective Verse (John Osbourne, University of Hull).

14. The Beats (John Osbourne, University of Hull).

15. Confessionalism(Lucy Collins, University College, Dublin).

16. The Movement (Stephen Regan, Open University).

17. Language Poetry (Simon Perril, Nene College of Higher Education).

Part III: International and Post-Colonial.

18. West Indian Poetry (Victor Chang, University of West Indies).

19. African Poetry (Kwado Osei-Nyame, School of Oriental and African Studies, London).

20. Poetry of the Indian Sub-Continent (Vinay Dharwadker, University of Oklahoma).

21. Australian Poetry (Livio Dobrez, Australian National University).

22. New Zealand Poetry (Terry Sturm, University of Auckland).

23. Canadian Poetry (Cynthia Messenger, Innis College Writing Centre, University of Toronto).

24. Scottish Poetry (Jeffrey Skoblow, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville).

25. Welsh Poetry (Douglas Houston).

26. Irish Poetry to 1966 (Alex Davis, University College, Cork).

Part IV: Readings.

27. Thomas Hardy: Poems 1912-13 (Tim Armstrong, Royal Holloway College).

28. Robert Frost: North of Boston (Alex Calder, University of Auckland).

29. T.S. Eliot: The Waste Land (John Haffenden, University of Sheffield).

30. D.H.Lawrence: Birds, Beasts and Flowers (David Ellis, University of Kent).

31. William Carlos Williams: Spring and All (Lisa M. Steinman, Reed College, Portland, Oregon).

32.Marianne Moore: Observations (Elizabeth Wilson, University of Auckland).

33. W.B. Yeats: The Tower (Terence Brown, Trinity College, Dublin).

34. W.H. Auden: Poems (Peter McDonald, Christ Church College, Oxford).

35. Wallace Stevens: Harmonium (Phillip Hobsbaum, University of Glasgow).

36. Elizabeth Bishop: North & South (Jonathan Ellis, University of Hull).

37. Ezra Pound: Pisan Cantos (A.D. Moody, University of York).

38. Robert Lowell: Life Studies (Stephen Matterson, Trinity College, Dublin).

39. Louis MacNeice: The Burning Perch (Peter McDonald, Christ Church College, Oxford).

40. Sylvia Plath: Ariel (Sue Vice, University of Sheffield).

41. Ted Hughes: Crow (Rand Brandes, Lenoir-Rhyne College).

42. Seamus Heaney: North (Bernard O'Donoghue, Wadham College, Oxford).

43. John Ashbery: Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror (David Herd, University of Kent at Canterbury).

44. Derek Walcott: Omeros (Bruce Woodcock, University of Hull).

Part V: The Contemporary Scene.

45. Contemporary American Poetry (Roger Gilbert, Cornell University).

46. Contemporary British Poetry (Sean O'Brien, Sheffield Hallam University).

47. Contemporary Irish Poetry (Lucy Collins, University College of Dublin).

48. Contemporary Post-Colonial Poetry (Jahan Ramazani, University of Virginia).


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