23 MODERN BRITISH POETS by John -- Ed. Matthias


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Matthias had had enough of the ""American literary jingoism"" evident in most anthologies of recent English-language poetry, and marshals a force of neglected, anomalous and little-known poets to disprove the typical assumption that ""nothing much has happened in English poetry since Lawrence laid down his pen and died."" Quite a variety of things seems to have been happening, in form, theme, and method, to challenge the stereotype of unambitiously civil verse. Going back to the hearty antiquities of David Jones and Hugh MacDiarmid's mad-Scots burr and commonsense, this carries on with Basil Bunting's simply elegant Briggflatts, ascetic selections from Charles Tomlinson, bogeyman lyrics by Ted Hughes, two sections from Christopher Logue's impressively full-blooded Iliad translation -- and further on to D. M. Thomas's ""Elegy for an Android"" and some oddly effective poems that John Daniel ""found"" in Das Kapital and Jeremy Bentham's will, among other places. There's much more, and while most of the poets have volumes available in the States, we know of no comparable group collection.

Pub Date: July 1st, 1971
Publisher: Swallow Press