By Ian Hamilton
The 1st and in simple terms complete paintings of its variety, The significant other to 20th Century Poetry in English charts the advance of poetry from 1900 to the current, around the complete of the English-speaking international, from the USA, nice Britain, and eire to New Zealand, Pakistan, Singapore, Trinidad and Zimbabwe--anywhere the place poets write in English. Alphabetically prepared for ease of reference, it deals biographical entries on a few 1,500 person poets, in addition to over 100 entries masking vital magazines, pursuits, literary phrases and ideas. As readable because it is finished, the significant other bargains a desirable survey of this century's shift from 'poetry' to 'poetries,' as American and British traditions of poetry have made manner for a transforming into variety of voices, and because the burgeoning poetries of Australia, Canada, and different English-speaking nations assert their very own identities. the variety of poets represented during this spouse is notable. listed here are in-depth discussions of Yeats, Eliot, Pound, and Joyce along provocative tests of W.H. Auden, Elizabeth Bishop, Wallace Stevens, and Marianne Moore. John Ashbery, Margaret Atwood, Maya Angelou, and Mary Oliver are accounted for, in addition to Carolyn Forch???, David Bottoms, Jorie Graham, and lots of different more youthful poets simply entering prominence. Chinua Achebee, Jack Mapanje, Femi Oyebode and different vital African poets writing in English are right here, in addition to poets from the Caribbean, India, or even Russia. Readers will take pleasure in this Companion's many insightful contributions from celebrated poet-critics, writing on different poets in interesting author-subject mixtures. for instance, Seamus Heaney writes on Robert Lowell ("Lowell had invented a manner of having at lifestyles, of creating poetry kick and freak on the fringe of modern reality"), Ann Stevenson discusses Sylvia Plath ("In the quarter-century following her suicide, Sylvia Plath has develop into a heroine and martyr of the feminist move. actually, she used to be a martyr frequently to the recurrent psychodrama that staged itself in the bell jar of her tragically wounded personality"), and Tom Paulin weighs in on Ted Hughes ("His appointment as Poet Laureate in 1984 sealed his primarily shaman-like notion of his poetic challenge and enabled him to talk out on environmental concerns whereas celebrating royal weddings and babies"). different pairings comprise Jay Parini on Wallace Stevens, Jon Stallworthy on Wilfred Owen and Rupert Brook, and William H. Pritchard on Robert Frost and Randall Jarrell. each one access encompasses a wealth of biographical and bibliographical details, and a opt for bibliography on the finish of the ebook offers a convenient resource of data on poets whose paintings isn't another way in print, or available to readers. From Abse and Auden to Zaturenska and Zukofsky, The Oxford better half to Twentieth-Century Poetry in English is a vital reference for college kids, enthusiasts of poetry, and for poets themselves.
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These enemies are still abroad, in various new guises, and several of them will be found to feature in this book. They have to; they are on the map. In other words, this is not a critical anthology; nor is it a textbook. I want it to be seen as serious and useful, but I will not at all mind if it is read for fun, as a kind of documentary-entertainment. For those who like making lists, as I do, I here offer a few leads (all figures are approximate, and susceptible to computerized riposte). The Companion covers about 1,500 poets, 100 subjects.
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The Oxford companion to twentieth-century poetry in English by Ian Hamilton