By Nigel Alderman, C. D. Blanton

ISBN-10: 1405129247

ISBN-13: 9781405129244

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

  • An old 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 method, emphasizing the advanced negotiations among the British and Irish poetic traditions, and pulling jointly competing trends and positions
  • Written by means of critics from Britain, eire, and the United States
  • Includes feedback for additional studying and a chronology, detailing an important writers, volumes and events

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And the need to make the disclaimer may itself serve to claim the relevance and validity of the issue being addressed. It is in its radical timeliness that modernist poetry will have found its word, its rhythm, its written signature and living speech – or not. Pound also attests to this condition of the timely, as the establishing category of power and value in the poetics that matter, in his retrospect from Pisa on the London he shared with Eliot and others. In the extraordinarily moving Canto LXXXI, he is interrogating the excesses that have led him to his current state.

Pound’s new conceit echoes to the background sound of these times. It also opens in his own further work in a newly studious freedom of statement, a quasi-logical prosody, which helps him in the rhetorical work of negotiating an ever-burgeoning matter-ofdocumentary-fact in the Cantos. As a model of poetic innovation in the twentieth century, Pound’s life-long project lives the initiatives of 1917 forward into the major literary history of the second half of the century. This longevity measures the pressure and intensity of those earlier working conditions.

This dissonance provides as it were the tuning fork for the major modernist poetry of the moment. III Pound conducted a review of literary and political journalism in wartime Britain in “Studies in Contemporary Mentality,” a twentypart series published through 1917 in the New Age. An indomitable “reasonableness” appears as the dominant quality in this verbal culture but, in its service to the current war effort, this quality is under heavy stress. Pound pronounces this consolidating insight when he defines British political idiom through the exemplary standard of the leading literary weekly, the New Statesman: I knew that if I searched long enough I should come upon some clue to this mystery.

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