Shakespeare and the Modern Poet by Neil CorcoranShakespeare and the Modern Poet by Neil Corcoran

Shakespeare and the Modern Poet

byNeil Corcoran

Hardcover | April 30, 2010

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Shakespeare is a major influence on poets writing in English, but the dynamics of that influence in the twentieth century have never been as closely analysed as they are in this important study. More than an account of the ways in which Shakespeare is figured in both the poetry and the critical prose of modern poets, this book presents a provocative new view of poetic interrelationship. Focusing on W. B. Yeats, T. S. Eliot, W. H. Auden, Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, Neil Corcoran uncovers the relationships - combative as well as sympathetic - between these poets themselves as they are intertwined in their engagements with Shakespeare. Corcoran offers many enlightening close readings, fully alert to contemporary theoretical debates. This original study of influence and reception beautifully displays the nature of poetic influence - both of Shakespeare on the twentieth century, and among modern poets as they respond to Shakespeare.
Title:Shakespeare and the Modern PoetFormat:HardcoverDimensions:254 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.67 inPublished:April 30, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521199824

ISBN - 13:9780521199827


Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. Yeats's Shakespeare: 1. Setting a sail for shipwreck: Yeats's Shakespeare criticism; 2. Myself must I remake: Shakespeare in Yeats's poetry; Part II. Eliot's Shakespeare: 3. That man's scope: Eliot's Shakespeare criticism; 4. This man's gift: Shakespeare in Eliot's poetry; Part III. Auden's Shakespeare: 5. A plenum of experience: Auden's Shakespeare criticism; 6. The reality of the mirror: Shakespeare in Auden's poetry; Part IV. Ted Hughes's Shakespeare: 7. A language of the common bond; 8. The Shakespearean moment; 9. Survivor of cease: Shakespeare and Sylvia Plath in Ted Hughes's poems.

Editorial Reviews

'Full of insightful and often powerful close reading of both the poetry and criticism ... The best literary analysis turns one back to the poems; this book also encourages one to return, fresh-eyed, to each poet's critical insights.' Times Literary Supplement