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The Twentieth Century in Poetry





ISBN 9780415171014
Published December 17, 1998 by Routledge
248 Pages

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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.

Table of Contents

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

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Peter Childs

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