Twentieth-Century British and Irish Poetry: Hardy to Mahon

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Featuring contributions from some of the major critics of contemporary poetry, Twentieth-Century British and Irish Poetry offers an accessible, imaginative, and highly stimulating body of critical work on the evolution of British and Irish poetry in the twentieth-century
  • Covers all the poets most commonly studied at university level courses
  • Features criticisms of British and Irish poetry as seen from a wide ...
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Overview

Featuring contributions from some of the major critics of contemporary poetry, Twentieth-Century British and Irish Poetry offers an accessible, imaginative, and highly stimulating body of critical work on the evolution of British and Irish poetry in the twentieth-century
  • Covers all the poets most commonly studied at university level courses
  • Features criticisms of British and Irish poetry as seen from a wide variety of perspectives, movements, and historical contexts
  • Explores current debates about contemporary poetry, relating them to the volume's larger themes
  • Edited by a widely respected poetry critic and award-winning poet
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“The editors have admirably carried out their self-imposed tasks ... The somewhat complicated arrangement is amply justified if one considers the work as a classroom tool, aimed primarily at giving a student audience food for thought, Helen Goethals.” (Cercles, 2012)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631215097
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/15/2011
  • Series: Blackwell Guides to Criticism Series , #20
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael O’Neill is Professor of English at Durham University. He has published  books, chapters, and articles on many aspects of Romantic, Victorian, and twentieth- and twenty-first century poetry. Recent books include, as editor, The Cambridge History of English Poetry (2010) He received a Cholmondeley Award for Poets for his own poetry in 1990 and his second collection of poems, Wheel was published in 2008. 

Madeleine Callaghan is a lecturer in English at Sheffield University and has published articles on Shelley and Byron.  Her research interests focus on poetry from the Romantic period to the present. She is currently preparing a book on Wordsworth, Byron and Yeats for publication.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements.

Introduction.

1 Modern Poetry: Transition and Trauma (Thomas Hardy, Edward Thomas and Wilfred Owen).

Thomas Hardy.

Extract from British Poetry in the Age of Modernism (Peter Howarth).

Edward Thomas.

Extract from The Poetry of Edward Thomas (Andrew Motion).

Wilfred Owen.

Extract from Poetry of Mourning (Jahan Ramazani).

2 Forms of Modernism: Things Fall Apart (W. B. Yeats, T. S. Eliot and D. H. Lawrence).

W. B. Yeats.

Extract from Our Secret Discipline (Helen Vendler).

T. S. Eliot.

Extract from He Do the Police in Different Voices (Calvin Bedient).

D. H. Lawrence.

Extract from 'Hibiscus and Salvia Flowers' (Tom Paulin).

3 Poetry of the Thirties: Between Two Fires (W. H. Auden, Louis MacNeice and Stephen Spender).

W. H. Auden.

Extract from 'The 1930s Poetry of W. H. Auden' (Michael O'Neill).

Louis MacNeice.

Extract from Louis MacNeice (Peter McDonald).

Stephen Spender.

Extracts from The Ironic Harvest (Geoffrey Thurley).

4 Poetry of the Forties: Realism and Rhetoric (Keith Douglas and Dylan Thomas).

Keith Douglas.

Extract from 'I in Another Place' (Geoffrey Hill).

Dylan Thomas.

Extract from The Romantic Survival (John Bayley).

5 Post-War Poetry: Feature less Morning, Featureless Night Philip Larkin and the Movement (Philip Larkin).

Extract from Out of Reach (Andrew Swarbrick).

The Movement.

Extract from The Movement (Blake Morrison).

6 Beyond the Movement: No Bloodless Myth (Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath and Geoffrey Hill).

Ted Hughes.

Extract from 'Ted Hughes: The Double Voice' (Margaret Dickie).

Sylvia Plath.

Extract from Sylvia Plath and the Theatre of Mourning (Christina Britzolakis).

Geoffrey Hill .

Extract from 'History to the Defeated' (Alan Robinson).

7 Situated Sequences and Marginal Voices (Basil Bunting, Hugh MacDiarmid, Thomas Kinsella, Stevie Smith and Tony Harrison).

Hugh MacDiarmid, Thomas Kinsella, and Basil Bunting.

Extracts from The Modern Poetic Sequence (M. L. Rosenthal and Sally M. Gall).

Stevie Smith.

Extract from A History of Twentieth-Century British Women's Poetry (Jane Dowson and Alice Entwistle).

Tony Harrison.

Extract from The Poetry of Tony Harrison (Luke Spencer).

8 Northern Irish Poetry: The Poles of Our Condition (Seamus Heaney and Derek Mahon).

Seamus Heaney.

Extracts from The Poetry of Seamus Heaney (Neil Corcoran).

Derek Mahon.

Extract from Poetry in the Wars (Edna Longley).

Afterword.

Recommended Reading.

Index.

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