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Routledge Revivals: Neglected Powers (1971)

Essays on Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Literature, 1st Edition

By G. Wilson Knight


500 pages

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First published in 1971, Professor Knight’s book draws analytic attention to poets including Tennyson, Masefield, and Brooke, who are shown to hold a dimension of meaning previously ignored or misunderstood. Homage is paid to John Cowper Powys as one of the foremost seers of the modern age. A comprehensive review of the work of Francis Berry claims to establish him as our foremost living poet. Professor Knight urges, and goes far to prove, that modern literary criticism up until the 1970s failed to touch upon the richer meanings of contemporary literature – he stresses the relation between such acclaimed poets as Yeats and Eliot and the spiritualistic movements of contemporary times. Knight regards youth-revolts as a sign of a healthy dissatisfaction with an irreligious and directionless culture, and believes that hope lies in the neglected powers pressing for acceptance.

Table of Contents



Part One - Introduction

1. Poetry and magic

Part Two - Obscenities

2. Who wrote Don Leon?

3. Coleman and Don Leon

4. Lawrence, Joyce and Powys

5. Mysticism and Masturbation: an introduction to the lyrics of John Cowper Powys

6. The ship of cruelty: on the lyrical poems of John Cowper Powys

Part Three - Spiritualities

7. The Scholar Gypsy

8. Poetry and the Arts: Tennyson, Browning, O’Shaughnessy, Yeats

9. Masefield and Spiritualism

10. Rupert Brooke

11. T.E. Lawrence

12. J. Middleton Murray

13. T.S. Eliot

14. John Cowper Powys

Part Four -Totalities

15. Excalibur: an essay on Tennyson

16. Owen Glendower: Powys

17. Francis Berry


18. Herbert Read and Byron;



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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / Subjects & Themes / General
LITERARY CRITICISM / Subjects & Themes / Politics