1 Modern Poetry: Transition and Trauma (Thomas Hardy, Edward Thomas and Wilfred Owen).
Extract from British Poetry in the Age of Modernism (Peter Howarth).
Extract from The Poetry of Edward Thomas (Andrew Motion).
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).
Extract from Louis MacNeice (Peter McDonald).
Extracts from The Ironic Harvest (Geoffrey Thurley).
4 Poetry of the Forties: Realism and Rhetoric (Keith Douglas and Dylan Thomas).
Extract from 'I in Another Place' (Geoffrey Hill).
Extract from The Romantic Survival (John Bayley).
5 Post-War Poetry: Feature less Morning, Featureless Night (Philip Larkin and the Movement).
Extract from Out of Reach (Andrew Swarbrick).
Extract from The Movement (Blake Morrison).
6 Beyond the Movement: No Bloodless Myth (Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath and Geoffrey Hill).
Extract from 'Ted Hughes: The Double Voice' (Margaret Dickie).
Extract from Sylvia Plath and the Theatre of Mourning (Christina Britzolakis).
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).
Extract from A History of Twentieth-Century British Women's Poetry (Jane Dowson and Alice Entwistle).
Extract from The Poetry of Tony Harrison (Luke Spencer).
8 Northern Irish Poetry: The Poles of Our Condition (Seamus Heaney and Derek Mahon).
Extracts from The Poetry of Seamus Heaney (Neil Corcoran).
Extract from Poetry in the Wars (Edna Longley).