A Concise Companion to Postwar British and Irish Poetry / Edition 1

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This volume introduces students to the most important figures, movements and trends in post-war British and Irish poetry.

  • An historical overview and critical introduction to the poetry published in Britain and Ireland over the last half-century
  • Introduces students to figures including Philip Larkin, Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney, and Andrew Motion
  • Takes an integrative approach, emphasizing the complex negotiations between the British and Irish poetic traditions, and pulling together competing tendencies and positions
  • Written by critics from Britain, Ireland, and the United States
  • Includes suggestions for further reading and a chronology, detailing the most important writers, volumes and events
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“Eminently readable, and thankfully largely free ofsocio-political posturing and theorising, it provides a measuredhistorical overview and a critical introduction, and one can seethat the overall approach aims to be integrative, charting what aredescribed as intricate negotiations between the British and Irishpoetic traditions, and marshalling rival tendencies andpositions.”  (Suite101.com, 17 February 2014)

“Written by critics from Britain, Ireland and the USA,this new paperback, A Concise Companion to Postwar British andIrish Poetry, edited by Nigel Alderman and C D Blanton (WileyBlackwell, £29.99 / €36, January 2014), opens up manyareas for literary exploration as it introduces students to themost important figures, movements and trends in British and Irishpoetry since 1945.”  (Allvoices, 17 February2014)

Gives some sense of why poetry provides the sharpest of lensesthrough which to view the historical and social developments of thesecond half of the twentieth century, and will serve both as auseful source of reference and a provocative starting point fordiscussion." (English Studies, 1 December 2011)

"Engaging and uncluttered by jargon. The mix of formal and thematicissues with social and cultural contexts doubles the usefulness ofthis collection as a preparatory tool for students of the period."(CHOICE, December 2009)

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Meet the Author

Nigel Alderman is assistant professor of English at MountHolyoke College. He previously taught at Yale University where hewas awarded the Sidonie Miskimin Clauss Prize for TeachingExcellence in the Humanities and the Sarai Ribicoff Award for theEncouragement of Teaching at Yale College. He has published on bothRomantic and Modern poetry and is completing a book on Britishliterature of the sixties.

C. D. Blanton is assistant professor of English at theUniversity of California, Berkeley, where he teaches modern poetry.He has previously taught at Princeton University. He is currentlycompleting a study of late modernist British poetry entitledAftereffects, and together with Nigel Alderman he has editedPocket Epics: British Poetry After Modernism.

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors ix

Acknowledgments xii

Chronology xv

Introduction 1
Nigel Alderman and C. D. Blanton

1 Poetic Modernism and the Century’s Wars 11
Vincent Sherry

2 The Movement and the Mainstream 32
Stephen Burt

3 Myth, History, and The New Poetry 51
Nigel Alderman

4 Region and Nation in Britain and Ireland 72
Michael Thurston

5 Form and Identity in Northern Irish Poetry 92
John P. Waters

6 Poetry and Decolonization 111
Jahan Ramazani

7 Transatlantic Currents 134
C. D. Blanton

8 Neo-Modernism and Avant-Garde Orientations 155
Drew Milne

9 Contemporary British Women Poets and the Lyric Subject176
Linda A. Kinnahan

10 Place, Space, and Landscape 200
Eric Falci

11 Poetry and Religion 221
Romana Huk

12 Institutions of Poetry in Postwar Britain 243
Peter Middleton

References 264

Index 285

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