Cambridge Book of English Verse, 1939-1975

Cambridge Book of English Verse, 1939-1975

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In this anthology, the author (himself a poet) has selected the work of ten poets who seem to him the most significant in the postwar period, his principles of selection being to demonstrate the variety of good poetry in this time and to reveal the individual development of each writer. The author presents a substantial number of poems by the most important poets rather than only a few by all the poets active in that period; he differs from them, however, in giving each poet an equal amount of space, since he feels it unfair to imply, however, faintly, quality by quantity. The poets represented are Edwin Muir, Hugh MacDiarmid, Robert Graves, William Empson, Dylan Thomas, Philip Larkin, Charles Tomlinson, Thom Gunn, Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath. The anthology will be of interest to six-formers, to students - including foreign students - doing sources on English poetry of the twentieth century, and to general readers, and its editorial features are designed to help that readership: each poet's work is preceded by a short biographical account and suggestions for further reading, while at the end of the book notes are provided to gloss and expand the text, provide background information about composition, and generally stiumalte responsiveness. -- Publisher description.In An Autobiography he described his feelings on beginning a poetic career at the age of thirty-five. ... In his childhood Muir had heard his mother reciting ballads, and their simple narrative logic influenced his own narrative poems, like a#39; The Little Generala#39; ... One of his favourite devices is to open with a descriptive passage and then to move on to a philosophical commentary on the earlier observations.

Title:Cambridge Book of English Verse, 1939-1975
Author:Alan Norman Bold
Publisher:CUP Archive - 1976


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