By Neil Roberts
Compiled and edited through Neil Roberts (Professor of English Literature at Sheffield University), A spouse To Twentieth-Century Poetry is a powerful anthology of forty-eight scholarly essays drawn from a wide selection of authors and academicians learning the improvement of poetry in twenty English-speaking international locations during the last century. From context of the poets and their paintings; to the repercussions of the post-colonial age; to the expanding voice of lady poets; in addition to an total tendency in the direction of self-consciousness and self-reflection; A better half To Twentieth-Century Poetry deals knowledgeable and informative insights gleaned from as frequent and various a bunch of individuals because the authors of the memorable poems themselves.
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As Mary Ellis Gibson reports, Pound’s cultural mission was deeply rooted in nineteenth-century thought and in the Victorian response to industrial capitalism. It was crucial for William Morris and before him Ruskin. Indeed the combination of canonical, pedagogic, and social concerns in Ruskin’s later essays preﬁgures Pound’s urgent efforts to propagate a canon. (Gibson, 1995, p. 11) Thus while it was ‘new’ and moved ‘forward’ out of aestheticism, Eliot and Pound’s renovative project took them ‘backwards’ to an anthology of ‘pre-texts’, among them a Victorian discourse of social concern which reappeared, edited and in ‘translation’, in the heteroscript of Anglo-American modernism.
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The Autobiography of William Carlos Williams. New York: Random House. Williams, William Carlos (1986). The Collected Poems of William Carlos Williams: Vol. I, 1909–1939, ed. A. Walton Litz and Christopher MacGowan. New York: New Directions. 2 Modernist Poetry and its Precursors Peter Brooker and Simon Perril Writing in The New Age in 1911, Allen Upward claimed that ‘It is a sign of the times that so many of us should be busy in studying the signs of the times’ (Upward, 1911, p. 297). A lifetime and more later the newness which captivated Upward’s contemporaries is a thing of the past, though it is by name ‘modern’ and ‘modernist’ still.