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Serious Poetry: Form and Authority from Yeats to Hill

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Peter McDonald offers a controversial reading of twentieth-century British and Irish poetry centered on six figures, all of whom are critics as well as poets: W. B. Yeats, T. S. Eliot, W. H. Auden, Louis MacNeice, Seamus Heaney, and Geoffrey Hill. Serious Poetry provocatively returns these writers to the elements of difficulty and cultural disagreement where they belong.

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Overview

Peter McDonald offers a controversial reading of twentieth-century British and Irish poetry centered on six figures, all of whom are critics as well as poets: W. B. Yeats, T. S. Eliot, W. H. Auden, Louis MacNeice, Seamus Heaney, and Geoffrey Hill. Serious Poetry provocatively returns these writers to the elements of difficulty and cultural disagreement where they belong.

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Editorial Reviews

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"In Peter McDonald's important, intelligent and provocative book, a principled attention to form yields genuine insights which elude most critics.... McDonald's reading of Hill is, like all his readings, perspicacious and revealing."—Times Literary Supplement

"An immensely valuable and rigorous book."—The Guardian

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199235803
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 1/29/2008
  • Pages: 234
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter McDonald is Christopher Tower Student and Tutor in Poetry in English, Christ Church, Oxford.

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Table of Contents

1 áRather than words': The End of Authority? 1
2 Yeats and Remorse 17
3 Yeats's Poetic Structures 51
4 Three Critics: T. S. Eliot, Seamus Heaney, Geoffrey Hill 70
5 One of Us: Eliot, Auden, and Four Quartets 103
6 Yeats, Form, and Northern Irish Poetry 138
7 Louis MacNeice's Posterity 167
8 The Pitch of Dissent: Geoffrey Hill 187
Select Bibliography 218
Index 223
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