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The Cambridge Companion to Twentieth-Century English Poetry


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Chronology; Preface; Part I. Contexts: 1. Victorian to modern Timothy Webb; 2. Modernist poetic form Daniel Albright; 3. Postmodern poetry in Britain Redell Olsen; Part II. Moderns: 4. Fateful forms: A. E. Housman, Charlotte Mew, Thomas Hardy and Edward Thomas Peter Howarth; 5. D. H. Lawrence's place in modern poetry Sandra Gilbert; 6. Wilfred Owen and the poetry of war Neil Corcoran; Part III. Modernists: 7. The 1930s poetry of W. H. Auden Michael O'Neill; 8. Keith Douglas and the poetry of the Second World War Adam Piette; 9. Languages of modernism: William Empson, Dylan Thomas, W. S. Graham Edward Larrissy; Part IV. Later Modernities: 10. Philip Larkin: a late modern poet Stephen Regan; 11. R. S. Thomas and modern Welsh poetry M. Wynn Thomas; 12. Gender, feminism, poetry: Stevie Smith, Sylvia Plath, Jo Shapcott Linda Anderson; 13. Varieties of poetic sequence: Ted Hughes and Geoffrey Hill Kevin Hart; 14. Black British poetry and the translocal Jahan Ramazani; 15. Poetry and class: Tony Harrison, Peter Reading, Ken Smith, Sean O'Brien Neil Roberts; 16. A Scottish Renaissance: Edwin Morgan, Douglas Dunn, Liz Lochhead, Robert Crawford, Don Paterson, Kathleen Jamie Fiona Stafford; 17. Lyric adaptations: James Fenton, Craig Raine, Christopher Reid, Simon Armitage, Carol Ann Duffy John Redmond.

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An overview of the great achievements of modern poets in Britain in the twentieth century.

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Neil Corcoran is King Alfred Professor of English Literature at the University of Liverpool.


'... this is an accessible and wide-ranging compilation of information and critical comment.' Reference Reviews
"This timely resource analyzes the development, progressions, substance, and environment of twentieth-century English poetry...Professionally presented with a sophisticated, academic writing style...A scholarly resource of value to students, instructors, and readers with interest in poetry and literary history." --American Reference Books Annual

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