1st Edition

The Twentieth Century in Poetry

By Peter Childs Copyright 1999
    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    Until now, most teaching has focused on the novel as the most useful way of raising issues of gender, ethnicity, theory, nationality, politics and social class. In The Twentieth Century in Poetry Peter Childs places literature in a wider social context and demonstrates that all poetry is historically produced and consumed and is part of our understanding of society and identity. This student-friendly critical survey includes chapters on:
    * the Georgians
    * First World War poetry
    * Eliot
    * Yeats
    * the thirties
    * post-war poetry
    * contemporary anthologies
    * women's poetry
    * Northern Irish and black British poets
    It builds a narrative not of poetry in the twentieth century, but of the twentieth century in poetry.

    Preface and Acknowledgements Introduction 1. 'Union Jacks in every part': Prewar and Georgian Poetry 2.'Not concerned with Poetry': The First World War 3. 'Birth, and copulation, and death': the 1920s and T.S. Eliot 4. 'Demon and Beast': the 1920s and W.B. Yeats 5. In/Between the Wars: Poetry in the 1930s 6. 'Philosophical Sundials of History': Poetry after the War 7. 'Ted Hughes is Elvis Presley': Recent Anthologies by Men 8. 'My history is not yours': Recent Anthologies by Women 9. Anti- and Post-Colonial Writing: Northern Irish and Black British Poets


    Peter Childs

    'This book will be a useful reference tool.' - - Barbara Wensworth, Speech and Drama