Download e-book for kindle: A Concise Companion to Postwar British and Irish Poetry by Nigel Alderman, C. D. Blanton

By Nigel Alderman, C. D. Blanton

ISBN-10: 1405129247

ISBN-13: 9781405129244

This quantity introduces scholars to an important figures, activities and developments in post-war British and Irish poetry.

  • An historic review and important advent to the poetry released in Britain and eire over the past half-century
  • Introduces scholars to figures together with Philip Larkin, Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney, and Andrew Motion
  • Takes an integrative technique, emphasizing the advanced negotiations among the British and Irish poetic traditions, and pulling jointly competing traits and positions
  • Written by means of critics from Britain, eire, and the United States
  • Includes feedback for extra studying and a chronology, detailing crucial writers, volumes and events

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The volume’s first three essays move chronologically, tracing the sequence of generations that forms the central line of the century’s middle decades. Vincent Sherry’s “Poetic Modernism and the Century’s Wars” considers the two terms that shape the early years of the period most decisively: war and modernism. In retrospect, the pressure that gave rise to a modernist style in poetry seems inseparable from the larger tectonic forces that also produced the cataclysm of two world conflicts, ended European global hegemony, and unsettled the British Empire.

With those changes, sometimes slow and sometimes abrupt, the idea of an English literature has necessarily changed as well, entailing an interrogation of what poetry is or does that continues into the new century. In large measure, these redefinitions constitute shifting borders, blurred lines of demarcation not only between political entities but also among the various practices of language that circulate within and among them. As even the casual reader of recent verse will quickly note, the idea of poetry has often been contested and uneasy over the past six decades or so, spinning a literary history capacious enough to include the Movement lyric and dub beats, and spawning inevitable controversies in the process.

S. Eliot, Ford Madox Ford and T. E. Hulme, William Butler Yeats and James Joyce. “[T]hese the companions,” goes the invocation in the ritual memory of his first Pisan Canto (LXXIV), which is now, however, a wholly elegiac commemoration: A Concise Companion to Postwar British and Irish Poetry Edited by Nigel Alderman and C. D. Blanton © 2009 Blackwell Publishing Ltd. qxd 09/02/2009 16:46 Page 12 Vincent Sherry Lordly men are to earth o’ergiven these the companions: Fordie that wrote of giants And William who dreamed of nobility and Jim the comedian singing .

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