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Serious Poetry: Form and Authority from Yeats to Hill

Peter McDonald

Abstract

Do we want to read poetry, or just like having a few poets to talk about? The history of poetry in 20th-century Britain and Ireland is one which ends with the assimilation of successful poets into a media culture. It is also, however, another history, one of form and authority, in which certain poets found modes and pitches of resistance to the seeming inevitabilities of their times. In this history, it is the authority of poetry (and not the media-processed poet) which is at stake in the integrity of poetic form. This book offers a controversial reading of 20th-century British and Irish poetr ... More

Keywords: Seamus Heaney, English literature, Wystan Hugh Auden, form, authority, William Butler Yeats, T. S. Eliot, Geoffrey Hill, Louis MacNeice, Britain, Ireland

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199235803
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199235803.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter McDonald, author
Christopher Tower Student and Tutor in Poetry in English, Christ Church, Oxford
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