Poets in their Time: Essays on English Poetry from Donne to Larkin

Paperback | October 1, 1982

byBarbara Everett

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In Poets in their Time Barbara Everett brings her extraordinary ability to read closely and her intimate knowledge of the period to an examination of Donne, Milton, Marvell, Rochester, Pope, Keats, Browning, Eliot, Auden, and Philip Larkin. The implicit argument of these twelve essays isdesigned to show the way each poet remains an individual while interacting with the conditions of a particular historical context. `quite exceptionally good ... one of the finest collections of criticism for years ... It blends historical insight and critical perception with real originality' Frank Kermode, London Review of Books `She has an acute ear for a poet's voice, both in the individual life and in the work as a whole. She convincingly hears the timbre of the sonnet-sequence in the sounds and silences of Keats' Odes and she catches Donne sounding both like a preacher and "a great frequenter of plays", neatlycharacterizing his tone as one of "amiable rancour" ... But an ear without a brain is not enough. Barbara Everett also shows a developed and fastidious historical imagination.' Tim Deveson, Times Educational Supplement `it makes me feel like a donkey munching thistles. The prose in these critical studies is knotty but nourishing and each essay emphasises the essential unfamiliarity of the well known. Jonathan Keats, Independent `the kind of thoughtful appreciation is that Donne, among others, would agree was worth waiting a few hundred years for.' Clive James, Observer

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In Poets in their Time Barbara Everett brings her extraordinary ability to read closely and her intimate knowledge of the period to an examination of Donne, Milton, Marvell, Rochester, Pope, Keats, Browning, Eliot, Auden, and Philip Larkin. The implicit argument of these twelve essays isdesigned to show the way each poet remains an in...

Barbara Everett is the author of Young Hamlet: Essays on Shakespearean Tragedy (OUP, 1989), and has edited Shakespeare's Anthony and Cleopatra (New Signet, 1964) and All's Well that Ends Well (Penguin, 1970). Poets in their Time was originally published by Faber and Faber in 1986 (now o/p).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.63 inPublished:October 1, 1982Publisher:Oxford University Press

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`The book has all the strengths and some of the weaknesses of traditional English poetry criticism, combining a hair-splittingly subtle approach to smaller issues with a resolutely commonsensical and even pedestrian approach to larger ones.'Sunday Times.