By Nigel Alderman, C. D. Blanton
This quantity introduces scholars to crucial figures, pursuits and developments in post-war British and Irish poetry.
- An old evaluate and demanding 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 procedure, emphasizing the complicated negotiations among the British and Irish poetic traditions, and pulling jointly competing traits and positions
- Written by way of critics from Britain, eire, and the United States
- Includes feedback for additional studying and a chronology, detailing an important writers, volumes and events
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A Concise Companion to Postwar British and Irish Poetry by Nigel Alderman, C. D. Blanton