Reading Modernist Poetry

Overview

This essential guide to modernist poetry enables readers to make sense of a literary movement often regarded as difficult and intimidating.
  • Provides close examinations of key poems by T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, W. B. Yeats, and others
  • Considers key techniques employed to orient and disorient the reader, such as diction, rhythm, and allusion
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Overview

This essential guide to modernist poetry enables readers to make sense of a literary movement often regarded as difficult and intimidating.
  • Provides close examinations of key poems by T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, W. B. Yeats, and others
  • Considers key techniques employed to orient and disorient the reader, such as diction, rhythm, and allusion
  • Explores the ideological implications of subject matter and the literary forms and structures of modernist poetry
  • Places modernist poetry in relation to its Victorian and Romantic predecessors
  • Encourages readers to engage with the texts and make their own interpretations, moving away from the question of what the poem says in favour of considering the effect of the poem on its reader
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"It is well structured, well researched, clearly written, and full of innovative insights." (M/C Reviews, September 2010)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405167314
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/10/2010
  • Series: Wiley Blackwell Reading Poetry Series , #3
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael H. Whitworth is University Lecturer in Twentieth-Century Literature, and a Tutorial Fellow of Merton College, Oxford. He is the author of Einstein?s Wake: Relativity, Metaphor, and Modernist Literature (2001) and Virginia Woolf (2005), and of other articles and chapters on modernist literature. He edited Modernism: A Guide to Criticism (2007), and he is an editor of the Review of English Studies.
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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements.

1 Introduction.

Part I Subject Matter.

2 Reflexivity.

3 Landscapes, Locations, and Texts.

4 Explorations of Consciousness.

Part II Techniques.

5 Interpreting Obscurities, Negotiating Negatives.

6 The Sound of the Poem.

7 Allusion and Quotation.

8 The Language of Modernist Poetry: Diction and Dialogue.

9 Literal and Metaphorical Language.

10 Mythology, Mythography, and Mythopoesis.

11 Who is Speaking?

Part III Form, Structure, and Evaluation.

12 Form.

13 Subjects and Objects in Modernist Lyric.

14 Temporality and Modernist Lyric.

15 The Dramatic Monologue.

16 Modernism, Epic, and the Long Poem.

17 Modernist Endings.

18 Value and Evaluation.

Glossary.

Further Reading.

Index.

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