The Modern Poet: Poetry, Academia, and Knowledge since the 1750s

Paperback | March 5, 2004

byRobert Crawford

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Addressed to all readers of poetry, this is a wide-ranging book about the poet's role throughout the last three centuries. It argues that a conception of the poets as both primitive and sophisticated emerged in the 1750s. Ever since English literary works became the focus of universitystudies, classroom discussion has shaped attitudes towards verse. Whether considering Ossian and the Romantics, Victorian scholar-gipsies, Modernist poetries of knowledge, or contemporary poetry in Britain, Ireland, and America, The Modern Poet shows how many successive generations of poets haveneeded to collaborate and to battle with academia.

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Addressed to all readers of poetry, this is a wide-ranging book about the poet's role throughout the last three centuries. It argues that a conception of the poets as both primitive and sophisticated emerged in the 1750s. Ever since English literary works became the focus of universitystudies, classroom discussion has shaped attitudes ...

Robert Crawford is Professor of Modern Scottish Literature at the University of St Andrews, and author of four volumes of poetry and four books of criticism. He is co-editor of The Penguin Book of Poetry from Britain and Ireland since 1945.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:306 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.69 inPublished:March 5, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199269327

ISBN - 13:9780199269327

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsIntroduction1. The Invention of the Modern Poet2. Acts of Judgement: Making a National Body of Poetry3. Scholar-Gipsies4. Modernist Cybernetics and the Poetry of Knowledge5. Men, Women, and American ClassroomsCoda: The Poet's WorkIndex

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`Endlessly fascinating and provocative book . . . The Modern Poet is an important book. Impeccably researched and passionately argued, it isn't a dry contribution to bibliography but a call to imaginative action.'Brian Morton, Sunday Herald