A Companion to Twentieth-century Poetry (Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture)

A Companion to Twentieth-century Poetry (Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture)

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In the twentieth century more people spoke English and more people wrote poetry than in the whole of previous history, and this Companion strives to make sense of this crowded poetical era. The original contributions by leading international scholars and practising poets were written as the contributors adjusted to the idea that the possibilities of twentieth-century poetry were exhausted and finite. However, the volume also looks forward to the poetry and readings that the new century will bring. The Companion embraces the extraordinary development of poetry over the century in twenty English-speaking countries; a century which began with a bipolar transatlantic connection in modernism and ended with the decentred heterogeneity of post-colonialism. Representation of the - canonical and the marginal - is therefore balanced, including the full integration of women poets and feminist approaches and the in-depth treatment of post-colonial poets from various national traditions. Discussion of context, intertextualities and formal approaches illustrates the increasing self-consciousness and self-reflexivity of the period, whilst a - Readings - section offers new readings of key selected texts. The volume as a whole offers critical and contextual coverage of the full range of English-language poetry in the last century.

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Neil Roberts is Professor of English Literature at Sheffield University. He has been a visiting professor at the University of New Mexico and also Chuo University in Japan. His publications on a wide range of contemporary poets, as well as on George Meredith and D.H Lawrence and Bakhtin, include Narrative and Voice in Postwar Poetry (1999).


Acknowledgements. Notes on Contributors. Introduction (Neil Roberts, University of Sheffield). Part I: Topics and Debates. 1. Modernism and the Transatlantic Connection (Hugh Witemeyer, University of New Mexico). 2. Modernist Poetry and its Precursors (Peter Brooker, School of Cultural Studies, Nene College of Further Education). 3. The Non--Modernist Modern (David Goldie, University of Strathclyde). 4. Poetry and Politics (Reed Way Dasenbrock, New Mexico State University). 5. Poetry and War (Matthew Campbell, University of Sheffield). 6. Poetry and Science (Tim Armstrong, Royal Holloway College). 7. Poetry and Literary Theory (Joanne Feit Diehl, University of California at Davis). 8. Poetry and Gender (Edward Larrissy, University of Leeds). 9. Interrupted Monologue: Alternative Poets of the Mid--Century (Phillip Hobsbaum, University of Glasgow). Part II: Poetic Movements:. 10. Imagism (Jacob Korg). 11. The New Negro Renaissance (William W. Cook, Dartmouth College, Hanover). 12. Poetry and the New Criticism (Stephen Burt, Macalester College and Jennifer Lewin, Yale University). 13. Black Mountain and Projective Verse (John Osbourne, University of Hull). 14. The Beats (John Osbourne, University of Hull). 15. Confessionalism(Lucy Collins, University College, Dublin). 16. The Movement (Stephen Regan, Open University). 17. Language Poetry (Simon Perril, Nene College of Higher Education). Part III: International and Post--Colonial. 18. West Indian Poetry (Victor Chang, University of West Indies). 19. African Poetry (Kwado Osei--Nyame, School of Oriental and African Studies, London). 20. Poetry of the Indian Sub--Continent (Vinay Dharwadker, University of Oklahoma). 21. Australian Poetry (Livio Dobrez, Australian National University). 22. New Zealand Poetry (Terry Sturm, University of Auckland). 23. Canadian Poetry (Cynthia Messenger, Innis College Writing Centre, University of Toronto). 24. Scottish Poetry (Jeffrey Skoblow, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville). 25. Welsh Poetry (Douglas Houston). 26. Irish Poetry to 1966 (Alex Davis, University College, Cork). Part IV: Readings. 27. Thomas Hardy: Poems 1912--13 (Tim Armstrong, Royal Holloway College). 28. Robert Frost: North of Boston (Alex Calder, University of Auckland). 29. T.S. Eliot: The Waste Land (John Haffenden, University of Sheffield). 30. D.H.Lawrence: Birds, Beasts and Flowers (David Ellis, University of Kent). 31. William Carlos Williams: Spring and All (Lisa M. Steinman, Reed College, Portland, Oregon). 32.Marianne Moore: Observations (Elizabeth Wilson, University of Auckland). 33. W.B. Yeats: The Tower (Terence Brown, Trinity College, Dublin). 34. W.H. Auden: Poems (Peter McDonald, Christ Church College, Oxford). 35. Wallace Stevens: Harmonium (Phillip Hobsbaum, University of Glasgow). 36. Elizabeth Bishop: North & South (Jonathan Ellis, University of Hull). 37. Ezra Pound: Pisan Cantos (A.D. Moody, University of York). 38. Robert Lowell: Life Studies (Stephen Matterson, Trinity College, Dublin). 39. Louis MacNeice: The Burning Perch (Peter McDonald, Christ Church College, Oxford). 40. Sylvia Plath: Ariel (Sue Vice, University of Sheffield). 41. Ted Hughes: Crow (Rand Brandes, Lenoir--Rhyne College). 42. Seamus Heaney: North (Bernard Oa Donoghue, Wadham College, Oxford). 43. John Ashbery: Self--Portrait in a Convex Mirror (David Herd, University of Kent at Canterbury). 44. Derek Walcott: Omeros (Bruce Woodcock, University of Hull). Part V: The Contemporary Scene. 45. Contemporary American Poetry (Roger Gilbert, Cornell University). 46. Contemporary British Poetry (Sean Oa Brien, Sheffield Hallam University). 47. Contemporary Irish Poetry (Lucy Collins, University College of Dublin). 48. Contemporary Post--Colonial Poetry (Jahan Ramazani, University of Virginia). Index.

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  • publication date: 19/03/2003
  • ISBN13: 9781405113618
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 648
  • ID: 9781405113618
  • weight: 1050
  • ISBN10: 1405113618

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