Modern Poetry

Modern Poetry

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  • Paperback | 222 pages
  • 130 x 210mm
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
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  • 0192760424
  • 9780192760425

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Beginning with "the work of poets who were young in the thirties" (Auden, Spender. . .) and including a sprinkling of Americans (Plath, Roethke), Townsend gives us a rather parochial view of modern poetry that is weighted by work produced in England during the '60's. The individual merits of these poets - Edwin Morgan, Donald Hall, John Smith, Douglas Livingstone, Edward Lucie-Smith - are undisputed, but the collective impression of this big, closely printed anthology is one of self-conscious modesty of theme and joyless traditionalism. It does serve to remind us that Americans, as represented in, say, Kheridan's Settling America (see above), have veered off in quite a different, freer direction. But even the English might have been better served, and this volume might mislead young readers in search of a general Overview of the "modern" scene. For a basic, less overwhelming introduction we would stay with Brinnon and Read's standard Modern Poets. Save this for large or British-oriented collections. (Kirkus Reviews)show more