Coming about its own business Till, with a sudden sharp hot stink of fox It enters the dark hole of the head. The window is starless still; the clock ticks, The page is printed. The date, Bloomsdaywas purposely chosen in honour of James Joyce.
Taken from The Continuum Encyclopaedia of British Literature a view from Since British poetry has moved steadily from what many regard as twentieth century parochial to a twenty-first century international. In the space of little more than fifty years the insular, clear verse of mainland English Britain has changed from being a centralist and predominantly male, seemingly academic practice to become a multi-hued, post-modern, cultural entertainment, available to all.
Some observers see this as liberating. Others regard it as more of a descent into vernacular sprawl. But, as ever, reality cannot be so readily defined. British poetry here is regarded as writing from Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and England in the English language.
Scots Gaelic and Welsh language poetries are excluded as is work from the Irish Republic. During the late forties the dominance of the pre-war modernists like F.
Flint and the uncontroversial Georgians such as Walter de la Mareand W. Davies who used their verse to depict a vanishing rural and domestic scene was largely overthrown.
The Second World War and the shattering of Europe saw to that. The cerebral surrealists, David Gascoyne among them, had driven into a blind alley. When the war ended the new poetry which emerged still bore traces of the measured and uneventful thirties verse that had gone before it.
Poets of what became known as the neo-Romantic movement, Vernon WatkinsW. GrahamPatricia BeerGeorge Barker and John Heath-Stubbs and others, wrote as if the British world had not changed irrevocably. The influence of pre-war founder figures W.
YeatsT. Audenand Robert Graves remained strong.
Greive - in Scotland, stayed outsider forces. In Wales the Thomases, Dylan and R. But the poetry was not yet a true product of its times. The work of its poets nurtured rationality, was inhospitable to myth, was conversationally pitched although lacking the speech rhythms of American counterparts like William Carlos Williams and was deliberately formal and clear.
Movement poets opposed modernism and had little truck with international influences. They regarded themselves as a direct continuation of mainstream English tradition. There were few sparks but much temperate, slow reflection.
Members, yoked together somewhat artificially, have not, however, all remained true to their first principles. Thom Gunn and Donald Davie went on to encompass the whole gamut of American, open field and Black Mountain writing with Gunn using syllabic meters and Davie becoming an interpreter of Pound.
Enrightand Elizabeth Jennings Dannie Absehimself a Movement fellow-traveller, suggests that "the pitch, tone, strategy, and bias of the Movement poets has predominated, with modifications, to the present day" The Hutchinson Book of Post-War British Poets,p xiii and as far as mainstream English poetry is concerned he is more or less correct.
There has been something about the English suspicion of modernism and insistence on form, often at the expense of content, that has sidelined it on the world stage. While other literatures accommodated mercurial change mainstream English poetry stuck with decorative, rational discourse.
But on the fringes things were different. The Movement had its significant outsiders. Hughes, the gritty Yorkshire Poet Laureate engaged the primordial struggle and won. The Group was a movement which coalesced around nothing more revolutionary than the desire to discuss.
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In , the Ted Hughes Award for new work in poetry was established with the permission of Carol Hughes. The Poetry Society notes "the award is named in honour of Ted Hughes, Poet Laureate, and one of the greatest twentieth century poets for both children and adults”.
. Sylvia Plath (October 27, – February 1 1, ) was an American poet, novelist and short story writer. Born In Boston, Massachusetts, she studied at Smith College and Newnham College, Cambridge, before receiving acclaim as a professional poet and writer.
She married fellow poet Ted Hughes in and they lived together first in.
Ted Hughes: The Shadow of Sylvia Plath Essay example Words | 10 Pages. As England’s Poet Laureate, and recipient of both the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry and T.S. Eliot’s prize for poetry, Ted Hughes was an acclaimed poet.
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