The Poetic Economies of England and Ireland,1912-2000

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Although modern English and Irish poetry arises from the different cultures, the poets themselves have shared, throughout this century, the same editors and publishers, competed for the same prizes and been judged, ostensibly, by the same standards. This book examines contexts for these exchanges over four decades, tracing the lineage of Yeats and Hardy from their meeting in 1912 through WWI, the 30s, the 60s, and the 90s, to see what ...
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Overview

Although modern English and Irish poetry arises from the different cultures, the poets themselves have shared, throughout this century, the same editors and publishers, competed for the same prizes and been judged, ostensibly, by the same standards. This book examines contexts for these exchanges over four decades, tracing the lineage of Yeats and Hardy from their meeting in 1912 through WWI, the 30s, the 60s, and the 90s, to see what influences and ideas are exchanged and how poetic value accrues.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780333790465
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.76 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 0.86 (d)

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Dillon Johnston teaches modern British and Irish poetry, Wake Forest University.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
List of Abbreviations
1 Yeats, Hardy, and Poetic Exchange 1
1912: a June meeting in Dorchester 1
Hardy's relation to audience 5
Translations from the English and Irish past 17
Yeat's relation to audience 21
The changing relation of audience to Yeats and Hardy 23
2 The Cultural Value of Poetry 28
Henry Newbolt's report 28
Yeat's and Burke's oaks 32
Arnold and Yeats 39
Joyce's response to Arnold's benign colonialism 43
Wilde's strategies and Yeats's responses to Arnold's stereotypes 47
Shy trafficking: Yeats's and Arnold's poetic economies 53
Irish bards, Scots publishers, and English editors 62
The course of culture from 1921 64
3 The 1930s: Yeats, Auden, and Others 75
The emergence of Auden 75
Homosexuality and Auden's sexual identity 82
Yeats, Wilde, and Auden: queer and colonial margins 86
Quest or banishment? Critics' role in Auden's emigration 90
Auden: poetry and questions of value 96
Auden and Yeats 108
MacNeice's intermediate eccentricity 112
Some poetic traffic in the 1930s 121
4 Publishing and Poetry in Ireland and England in the 1960s 128
Clarke and the Dolmen Press 128
Kinsella and the Dolmen bond 129
Montague's publishers in the 1960s and his British readership 136
'It could only happen in England': Larkin, Betjeman, and Eliot 147
Hill and Larkin 156
Hughes and the Celtic exchange 161
The trenches, the Holocaust, and the bomb in the 1960s 166
5 Toward the Present of English and Irish Poetry 169
Translation and recent Irish poetry 170
Muldoon's 'imarrhage' and 'pied' writing 176
Udar: the authority of the absent in Irish poetry 179
The body in Irish and English poetry 186
Hughes and Heaney: laureate prose 193
Recent poetry and publishing in England and Ireland 201
Heaney and English poetry: a postscript 206
Notes 209
Works Cited 225
Index 236
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