1st Edition

Poetry and the People

By W. Kenneth Richmond Copyright 1947
    258 Pages
    by Routledge

    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    First published in 1947, Poetry and the People presents a survey of English poetry from the earliest times till 1940s, viewed from an unusual angle. It is the author’s thesis that English Poetry is unpopular, in the sense that it is not loved by the people, because the sources of its inspiration, which were originally drawn from the soil, were diverted during the Renaissance into aristocratic and academic channels. Nevertheless, the emerging traditions, though driven underground, survived in the work of such men as Burns, Hogg and Clare and in folk song. This book is a must read for scholars and researchers of English poetry and English literature.

    1.Britannia, Stern and Wild 2. Vox Populi, Vox Dei 3. Miracle, Mystery and Shakespeare 4. "Forst to Fayne" 5. World-Losers and World -Forsakers 6. The Peasants’ Revolt 7. Detritus 8. The Urban Muse Appendix Index


    W. Kenneth Richmond