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The Cambridge Companion to Twentieth-Century English Poetry

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  • Page extent: 288 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.57 kg

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  • Dewey number: 821.9109
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: PR603 .C36 2007
  • LC Subject headings:
    • English poetry--20th century--History and criticism

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521870818)

The Cambridge Companion to Twentieth-Century English Poetry
Cambridge University Press
9780521870818 - THE CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO TWENTIETH-CENTURY ENGLISH POETRY - by Neil Corcoran
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THE CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO
TWENTIETH-CENTURY ENGLISH POETRY

The last century was characterised by an extraordinary flowering of the art of poetry in Britain. These specially commissioned essays by some of the most highly regarded poetry critics offer an up-to-date, stimulating and reliable overview of English poetry of the twentieth century. The opening section on contexts will both orientate readers relatively new to the field and provide provocative syntheses for those already familiar with it. Following the terms introduced by this section, individual chapters cover many ways of looking at the ‘modern’, the ‘modernist’ and the ‘postmodern’. The core of the volume is made up of extensive discussions of individual poets, from W. B. Yeats and W. H. Auden to contemporary poets such as Simon Armitage and Carol Ann Duffy. In its coverage of the development, themes and contexts of modern poetry, this Companion is the most useful guide available for students, lecturers and readers.

NEIL CORCORAN is King Alfred Professor of English Literature at the University of Liverpool.




THE CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO
TWENTIETH-CENTURY ENGLISH POETRY

EDITED BY

NEIL CORCORAN




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CONTENTS

List of contributors page ix
Chronology x
Introduction 1
PART ONE CONTEXTS
1 Victorian to modern
TIMOTHY WEBB
9
2 Modernist poetic form
DANIEL ALBRIGHT
24
3 Postmodern poetry in Britain
REDELL OLSEN
42
PART TWO MODERNS
4 Fateful forms: A. E. Housman, Charlotte Mew, Thomas Hardy and Edward Thomas
PETER HOWARTH
59
5 D. H. Lawrence’s place in modern poetry
SANDRA M. GILBERT
74
6 Wilfred Owen and the poetry of war
NEIL CORCORAN
87
PART THREE MODERNISTS
7 The 1930s poetry of W. H. Auden
MICHAEL O’NEILL
105
8 Keith Douglas and the poetry of the Second World War
ADAM PIETTE
117
9 Languages of modernism: William Empson, Dylan Thomas, W. S. Graham
EDWARD LARRISSY
131
PART FOUR LATER MODERNITIES
10 Philip Larkin: a late modern poet
STEPHEN REGAN
147
11 R. S. Thomas and modern Welsh poetry
M. WYNN THOMAS
159
12 Gender, feminism, poetry: Stevie Smith, Sylvia Plath, Jo Shapcott
LINDA ANDERSON
173
13 Varieties of poetic sequence: Ted Hughes and Geoffrey Hill
KEVIN HART
187
14 Black British poetry and the translocal
JAHAN RAMAZANI
200
15 Poetry and class: Tony Harrison, Peter Reading, Ken Smith, Sean O’Brien
NEIL ROBERTS
215
16 A Scottish Renaissance: Edwin Morgan, Douglas Dunn, Liz Lochhead, Robert Crawford, Don Paterson, Kathleen Jamie
FIONA STAFFORD
230
17 Lyric adaptations: James Fenton, Craig Raine, Christopher Reid, Simon Armitage, Carol Ann Duffy
JOHN REDMOND
245
Index 259



CONTRIBUTORS

DANIEL ALBRIGHT, Harvard University

LINDA ANDERSON, Newcastle University

NEIL CORCORAN, University of Liverpool

SANDRA M. GILBERT, University of California at Davis

KEVIN HART, University of Notre Dame

PETER HOWARTH, Queen Mary, University of London

EDWARD LARRISSY, Queen’s University of Belfast

MICHAEL O’NEILL, University of Durham

REDELL OLSEN, Royal Holloway College, University of London

ADAM PIETTE, Sheffield University

JAHAN RAMAZANI, University of Virginia

JOHN REDMOND, University of Liverpool

STEPHEN REGAN, University of Durham

NEIL ROBERTS, Sheffield University

FIONA STAFFORD, Oxford University

M. WYNN THOMAS, Swansea University

TIMOTHY WEBB, University of Bristol




CHRONOLOGY

1901 Death of Victoria
1902 Coronation of Edward VII
1903 Emmeline Pankhurst founds the Women’s Social and Political Union
1907 W. H. Auden born
1908 Ford Madox Ford founds the English Review
1909 Ezra Pound, Personae
1910 W. B. Yeats, The Green Helmet, and Other Poems Death of Edward VII, accession of George V
1912 The first Georgian Poetry anthology includes work by Rupert Brooke, D. H. Lawrence, Walter de la Mare and John Masefield
1913 Marcel Proust, Du côté de chez Swann
1914 W. B. Yeats, Responsibilities Outbreak of First World War
1915 Rupert Brooke dies on his way to the battle at Gallipoli
1916 Charlotte Mew, The Farmer’s Bride
1917 T. S. Eliot, Prufrock and Other Observations Ivor Gurney, Severn and Somme Edward Thomas killed in action at Arras The Balfour Declaration lends British support for the creation of a Jewish national home in Palestine Revolutions in Russia
1918 Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins Siegfried Sassoon, Counter-Attack, and Other Poems Edward Thomas, Last Poems Wilfred Owen killed during the crossing of the Sombre-Oise Canal Isaac Rosenberg killed on the Somme End of First World War Representation of the People Act gives the vote to women (over thirty) for the first time


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