New Bearings in English Poetry: A Study of the Contemporary Situation

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Poetry and the Modern World

POETRY matters little to the modern world. That is, very little of contemporary intelligence concerns itself with poetry. It is true that a very great deal of verse has come from the press in the last twenty years, and the uninterested might take this as proving the existence both of a great deal of interest in poetry and of a great deal of talent. Indeed, anthologists do. They make, modestly, the most extravagant claims on behalf of the age. 'It is of no use asking a poetical renascence to conform to type,' writes Mr J. C. Squire in his Prefatory Note to Selections from Modern Poets. 'There are marked differences in the features of all those English poetical movements which have chiefly contributed to the body of our "immortal" poetry. . . . Should our literary age be remembered by posterity solely as an age during which fifty men had written lyrics of some durability for their truth and beauty, it would not be remembered with contempt. It is in that conviction that I have compiled this anthology.' Mr Harold Monro, introducing Twentieth Century Poetry, is more modest and more extravagant

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Prefatory Note 1
  • I- Poetry and the Modern World 5
  • II- The Situation at the End of the War 27
  • V- Gerard Manley Hopkins 159
  • VI- Epilogue 195
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