The 1st and purely accomplished paintings of its style, The spouse to 20th Century Poety in English charts the advance of poetry from 1900 to the current, around the complete of the English-speaking international, from the U.S., 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 bargains biographical entries on a few 1,500 person poets, in addition to over 100 entries masking very important magazines, pursuits, literary phrases and concepts.
As readable because it is accomplished, the Companion deals a desirable survey of this century's shift from 'poetry' to 'poetries,' as American and British traditions of poetry have made means for a growing to be variety of voices, and because the burgeoning poetries of Australia, Canada, and different English-speaking international locations assert their very own identities. the variety of poets represented during this Companion is awesome. 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 Forché, David Bottoms, Jorie Graham, and lots of different more youthful poets simply entering prominence. Chinua Achebee, Jack Mapanje, Femi Oyebode and different very important African poets writing in English are the following, in addition to poets from the Caribbean, India, or even Russia.
Readers will appreciate this Companion's many insightful contributions from celebrated poet-critics, writing on different poets in fascinating 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 turn into a heroine and martyr of the feminist move. in reality, she was once a martyr as a rule 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 basically shaman-like notion of his poetic project and enabled him to talk out on environmental matters 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. every one access incorporates a wealth of biographical and bibliographical details, and a opt for bibliography on the finish of the ebook provides a convenient resource of knowledge on poets whose paintings isn't in a different way in print, or available to readers.
From Abse and Auden to Zaturenska and Zukofsky, The Oxford spouse to Twentieth-Century Poetry in English is a vital reference for college kids, fanatics of poetry, and for poets themselves.
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