Edwardian Poetry by Kenneth Millard

Edwardian Poetry

byKenneth Millard

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

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The poets writing in the first years of the twentieth century have commonly been discussed in isolation. In Edwardian Poetry Kenneth Millard considers together seven poets, Henry Newbolt, John Masefield, Thomas Hardy, Edward Thomas, A. E. Housman, John Davidson, and Rupert Brooke, and arguesthat their work is worthy of more serious critical attention than it has previously received. Through an analysis of numerous individual poems, Millard isolates certain common concerns: the changing and perhaps fading value of England ; a distrust of the medium of language itself; a distrust alsoof the creative imagination. In its reassessment of these poets, the book provides a literary context for their work, finding in it a kind of pre-War modern British poetry distinct from the Modernism of subsequent decades. In establishing a literary context for the poetry of this century's firstdecade the book offers an important revision of modern literary history and points towards an alternative line in twentieth-century British poetry that culminates in the work of Philip Larkin.

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Kenneth Millard is at Merton College, Oxford.
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Title:Edwardian PoetryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.71 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 13:9780198122258

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`Millard does pay attention to biographical data, and he has a good deal to say about the relationship between a specific set of historical facts and the development of a particular poem. He is also a sensitive reader, and his glosses are convincing ...'Harold Orel, The Thomas Hardy Journal