Poetry Against the World: Philip Larkin and Charles Tomlinson in Contemporary Britain brings together two major poets, who espouse opposite aesthetic ambitions, yet are both taken as paragons of Englishness, in order to ask how they pitch their poetry against an inhospitable world. This book explores how these two representative poets seek to redress an "age of demolition" through their poetry, and how their audiences react to the types of redress they propose.
Table of Contents
Introduction: "The mind is a hunter of forms" 1 An Age of Demolition 2 The Trembling Mirror 3 All the Kingdoms of Possibilities 4 When Readings Grow Erratic 5 Celestial Recurrences, Lost Displays 6. Conclusion
Magdalena Kay is an Associate Professor of English at University of Victoria, Canada.