Poetry of the 1890s

Poetry of the 1890s

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This anthology of poetry from the 1890s includes works by Wilde, Hardy, Housman, Kipling, Yeats and women poets. They formed part of a generation of writers which demanded a new freedom to look at perverse and morbid kinds of love, which they expressed in lyric outbursts and colloquial pieces.show more

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  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 17mm | 247g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0140436391
  • 9780140436396

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The very essence of the 1890s, with its archness of manner, its precious aestheticism and its daring, self-conscious modernity, is most readily sniffed out in the poetry of the era. Thornton's selection includes contributions from both the 'aesthetic' and the 'hearty' camps, and balances well-known favourites - such as Dowson's 'Cynara' and pieces by Yeats, Arthur Symons and Kipling - against near-forgotten minor masterpieces by fleeting figures of the 'Rhymers' Club', such as Theodore Wratislaw. The volume also has a superb introductory essay. Review by Stephen Calloway, author of 'Baroque, Baroque' (Kirkus UK)show more

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