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By Nigel Alderman, C. D. Blanton

This quantity introduces scholars to crucial figures, routine and developments in post-war British and Irish poetry.

  • An old evaluation and significant creation to the poetry released in Britain and eire during the last half-century
  • Introduces scholars to figures together with Philip Larkin, Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney, and Andrew Motion
  • Takes an integrative technique, emphasizing the complicated negotiations among the British and Irish poetic traditions, and pulling jointly competing trends and positions
  • Written through critics from Britain, eire, and the United States
  • Includes feedback for extra analyzing and a chronology, detailing an important writers, volumes and events

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This group included those British and Irish and American writers Pound knew by first (and nick-) names – Wyndham Lewis and T. S. Eliot, Ford Madox Ford and T. E. Hulme, William Butler Yeats and James Joyce. “[T]hese the companions,” goes the invocation in the ritual memory of his first Pisan Canto (LXXIV), which is now, however, a wholly elegiac commemoration: A Concise Companion to Postwar British and Irish Poetry Edited by Nigel Alderman and C. D. Blanton © 2009 Blackwell Publishing Ltd. qxd 09/02/2009 16:46 Page 12 Vincent Sherry Lordly men are to earth o’ergiven these the companions: Fordie that wrote of giants And William who dreamed of nobility and Jim the comedian singing .

With large sad eyes its delectable creatures look up and beg us dumbly to follow: they are exiles who long for the future that lies in our power, they too would rejoice if allowed to serve enlightenment like him . . (Auden 1958: 169) The “bright circle” of Freud’s “enlightenment” depicts the same framework of values and attitudes that is passing into history, into this particular moment of history, so that, in this historically informed elegy, Auden’s representation of Freud’s principles in the present tense adds to the expressive pathos: the sadness of one man’s passing is expanded, clarified, intensified as his death registers the failure of these ideals on a historical scale.

From the rise of the welfare state in the 1940s to its fall in the 1980s, from the proclamation of the Irish Republic in 1949 to the Good Friday Accords in 1998, from the dismantling of the A Concise Companion to Postwar British and Irish Poetry Edited by Nigel Alderman and C. D. Blanton © 2009 Blackwell Publishing Ltd. qxd 09/02/2009 16:44 Page 2 Nigel Alderman and C. D. Blanton British Empire after the war to the devolution of British power onto the Scottish Parliament and the Welsh National Assembly at the century’s end, the literal meanings of political terms such as “British” and “Irish,” of the “English” language that reaches across them and beyond, have fundamentally changed over the past half century and more.

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