New Poets

New Poets : American and British Poetry Since World War II

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  • Hardback | 364 pages
  • 132.08 x 200.66 x 22.86mm | 362.87g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0195000919
  • 9780195000917

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In sketching the "main motifs of the age" as they have appeared in American and British poetry since World War II, Professor Rosenthal offers what is largely a critical companion to his recent anthology, The New Modern Poetry. Like that volume, The New Poets is a highly subjective enterprise - indeed, Rosenthal's preferences here make for even more curious omissions or once-over-lightly samplings. Elizabeth Bishop, to take a staggering instance, is simply passed by, though some minor Irish figure like Richard Murphy isn't. Geoffrey Hill, Adrienne Rich, Merwin, Stafford, O'Hara, Ashberry, Corso appear to be non-existent, while Snodgrass or Wilbur, say, receive purely perfunctory comments. These oddities noted, Rosenthal nevertheless sums up and aerates many of the emblematic attitudes and characteristics of current schools, especially the "confessional" vogue: Berryman, Roethke, Plath, Sexton and, of course, Ginsberg and Lowell, with the chapters on Kaddish and Life Studies being the heftiest and sharpest in the book, signifying more than anything else covered Rosenthal's conception of the new "modernity." Olson and his "projectivist" followers and the later developments of England's "Movement" group are also thoughtfully scrutinized. On the whole, a serviceable, serious apercu, if uneven in range and original insights. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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