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Anthology of Twentieth-Century British and Irish Poetry

Edited by Keith Tuma

Publication Date - March 2001

ISBN: 9780195128949

976 pages
Paperback
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

Retail Price to Students: $164.99

First comprehensive anthology devoted exclusively to 20th century British and Irish poetry

Description

Presenting a wide-ranging selection of vital twentieth-century work, Anthology of Twentieth-Century British and Irish Poetry contains more than 450 poems by 126 poets, beginning with Thomas Hardy and Gerard Manley Hopkins and ending with Catherine Walsh and Helen Macdonald. It features ample selections from canonical poets including W.H. Auden, Basil Bunting, T.S. Eliot, Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, Philip Larkin, D.H. Lawrence, Charlotte Mew, Hugh MacDiarmid, Wilfred Owen, Edith Sitwell, Stevie Smith, Dylan Thomas, Edward Thomas, and W.B. Yeats. At the same time, this volume challenges received accounts of modern and contemporary British and Irish poetry by presenting work from many poets--including Mary Butts, Brian Coffey, Nancy Cunard, Elizabeth Daryush, Ivor Gurney, F.R. Higgins, Mina Loy, Thomas MacGreevy, Joseph Gordon Macleod, Charles Madge, Clere Parsons, Lynette Roberts, John Rodker, and Sylvia Townsend Warner--who have never before been represented in this type of collection.
Anthology of Twentieth-Century British and Irish Poetry covers many groups and movements--from the Georgians to the poets of the New Apocalypse and the Auden group and from the Movement to the New Generation--paying special attention to neglected modernist traditions. It presents a range of post-World War II exploratory poetry by writers including Tom Leonard, Tom Raworth, John Riley, and Maggie O'Sullivan alongside the work of more established figures like Thom Gunn, Tony Harrison, Paul Muldoon, and Craig Raine. It includes poetry by "Black British" writers including James Berry, Jean "Binta" Breeze, David Dabydeen, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Jackie Kay, E.A. Markham, and Grace Nichols, and feminist poetry by Fleur Adcock, Caroline Bergvall, Eavan Boland, Carol Ann Duffy, Denise Riley, Anna Wickham, and others. It also provides the complete texts or substantial excerpts of several important long poems. All of the poems are newly and thoroughly annotated, many for the first time. Each poet's selection begins with a critical introduction providing biographical and bibliographical information along with critical commentary. Ideal for general readers and for courses in modern and contemporary British and Irish poetry and literature, this anthology provides an unprecedented, inclusive portrait of the century's poetry in Britain and Ireland.

Table of Contents

    Preface
    THOMAS HARDY (1840-1928)
    Hap
    Neutral Tones
    The Subalterns
    The Darkling Thrush
    The Man He Killed
    Channel Firing
    'I Found Her Out There'
    After a Journey
    from Satires of Circumstance
    II. In Church
    VI. In the Cemetery
    The Pity of It
    In Time of 'the Breaking of Nations'
    Snow in the Suburbs
    The Harbour Bridge
    He Never Expected Much
    GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS (1844-1889)
    God's Grandeur
    "As kingfishers catch fire"
    The Windhover
    Pied Beauty
    Spring and Fall
    Inversnaid
    "I wake and feel the fell of dark, not day"
    "No worst, there is none"
    [Carrion Comfort]
    Spelt from Sibyl's Leaves
    That Nature is a Heraclitean Fire and of the comfort of the Resurrection
    Justus quidem tu es, Domine
    RUDYARD KIPLING (1865-1936)
    Gunga Din
    Sestina of the Tramp-Royal
    from Epitaphs of the War
    Common Form
    A Dead Statesman
    WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS (1865-1939)
    To The Rose upon the Rood of Time
    The Lake Isle of Innisfree
    Who Goes with Fergus?
    The Valley of the Black Pig
    September 1913
    The Witch
    The Peacock
    The Dolls
    A Coat
    The Wild Swans at Coole
    Easter 1916
    The Second Coming
    A Prayer for my Daughter
    Sailing to Byzantium
    The Tower
    Leda and the Swan
    Among School Children
    Byzantium
    Crazy Jane Talks with the Bishop
    Lapis Lazuli
    Under Ben Bulben
    The Circus Animals' Desertion
    Politics
    CHARLOTTE MEW (1869-1928)
    The Farmer's Bride
    Fame
    Arracombe Wood
    On the Road to the Sea
    Monsieur Qui Passe
    WALTER DE LA MARE (1873-1956)
    Miss Loo
    The Listeners
    The Old Summerhouse
    FORD MADOX FORD (1873-1939)
    The Starling
    EDWARD THOMAS (1878-1917)
    The Other
    Adlestrop
    The Wasp Trap
    A Cat
    Rain
    HAROLD MONRO (1879-1932)
    Bitter Sanctuary
    MINA LOY (1882-1966)
    Italian Pictures
    from Anglo-Mongrels and the Rose English Rose
    Der Blinde Junge
    T.E. HULME (1883-1917)
    Autumn
    The Embankment
    Conversion
    from Fragments
    As a Fowl
    ANNA WICKHAM (1884-1947)
    Divorce
    Self Analysis
    Meditation at Kew
    D.H. LAWRENCE (1885-1930)
    Under the Oak
    Pomegranate
    Snake
    Swan
    Willy Wet-Leg
    Andraitx.--Pomegranate Flowers
    Bavarian Gentians
    SIEGFRIED SASSOON (1886-1967)
    A Working Party
    The Rear-Guard
    The General
    EDITH SITWELL (1887-1964)
    from Facade
    4. Ass-Face
    6. The Bat
    22. Fox Trot
    37. Sir Beelzebub
    The Canticle of the Rose
    ELIZABETH DARYUSH (1887-1977)
    Still-life
    "Children of wealth in your warm nursery"
    News-reel
    EDWIN MUIR (1887-1959)
    The Old Gods
    The Three Mirrors
    The Horses
    T.S. ELIOT (1888-1965)
    The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
    Gerontion
    The Waste Land
    from Four Quartets
    Little Gidding
    MARY BUTTS (1890-1937)
    Corfe
    ISAAC ROSENBERG (1890-1918)
    The Jew
    Break of Day in the Trenches
    Louse Hunting
    Dead Man's Dump
    IVOR GURNEY (1890-1937)
    First Time In
    La Gorgue
    Laventie
    The Bare Line of the Hill
    The Bohemians
    Sea-Marge
    HUGH MACDIARMID (1892-1978)
    from A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle
    [Sic Transit Gloria Scotiae]
    [The Barren Fig]
    [Yank Oot Your Orra Boughs]
    On a Raised Beach
    from In Memoriam James Joyce
    SYLVIA TOWNSEND WARNER (1893-1978)
    Nelly Trim
    East London Cemetery
    King Duffus
    Anne Donne
    THOMAS MACGREEVY (1893-1967)
    De Civitate Hominum
    The Six Who Were Hanged
    Homage to Hieronymus Bosch
    WILFRED OWEN (1893-1918)
    Dulce et Decorum Est
    Strange Meeting
    Arms and the Boy
    Disabled
    JOHN RODKER (1894-1955)
    A Slice of Life
    The Music Hall
    Hymn to Love
    I'd have loved you as you deserved had we been frogs
    DAVID JONES (1895-1974)
    from In Parenthesis
    from Part 7: The five unmistakable marks
    from The Anathemata
    from I: Rite and Fore-Time
    III. Angle-Land
    A, a, a, Domine Deus
    ROBERT GRAVES (1895-1985)
    Warning to Children
    The Legs
    To Juan at the Winter Solstice
    The White Goddess
    NANCY CUNARD (1896-1965)
    from Parallax
    AUSTIN CLARKE (1896-1974)
    Forget Me Not
    F.R. HIGGINS (1896-1941)
    A Plea
    Auction!
    BASIL BUNTING (1900-1985)
    from First Book of Odes
    3. "I am agog for foam"
    8. "Loud intolerant bells"
    15. "Nothing"
    17. "Now that sea's over that island"
    28. "You leave"
    30. "The Orotava Road"
    from Briggflatts: I, Coda
    from Second Book of Odes:
    11. "Boasts time mocks cumber Rome"
    12. "Now we've no hope of going back"
    STEVIE SMITH (1902-1971)
    Souvenir de Monsieur Poop
    Not Waving but Drowning
    My Hat
    The Celts
    Pretty
    Black March
    JOSEPH GORDON MACLEOD (1903-1984)
    from The Ecliptic
    Cancer, or, The Crab
    PATRICK KAVANAGH (1904-1967)
    from The Great Hunger: I, IX
    Father Mat
    Canal Bank Walk
    BRIAN COFFEY (1905-1995)
    HEADROCK
    from Advent: I
    WILLIAM EMPSON (1906-1984)
    Plenum and Vacuum
    Villanelle
    Reflection from Rochester
    Sonnet
    SAMUEL BECKETT (1906-1989)
    Enueg I
    Enueg II
    Ooftish
    W.H. AUDEN (1907-1973)
    "Bones wrenched, weak whimper, lids wrinkled..."
    The Secret Agent
    The Watershed
    "Consider this and in our time"
    A Bride in the 30's
    Spain
    from Sonnets from China: VI, VII
    Musée des Beaux Arts
    In Memory of W.B. Yeats
    September 1, 1939
    In Memory of Sigmund Freud
    No Time
    At the Grave of Henry James
    In Praise of Limestone
    from Horae Canonicae: Nones
    Ode to Terminus
    LOUIS MACNEICE (1907-1963)
    An Eclogue for Christmas
    Valediction
    Snow
    Carrickfergus
    CLERE PARSONS (1908-1931)
    Corybantic
    Photogravure
    Different
    Interruption
    DENIS DEVLIN (1908-1959)
    Lough Derg
    Obstacle Basilisk
    LYNETTE ROBERTS (1909-1995)
    from Gods with Stainless Ears: IV, V
    NORMAN MACCAIG (1910-1996)
    High Street, Edinburgh
    Nude in a fountain
    Celtic cross
    Intrusion
    SORLEY MACLEAN/SOMHAIRLE MACGILL-EAIN (1911-1996)
    The Island
    Going Westwards
    F.T. PRINCE (b. 1912)
    Strafford
    CHARLES MADGE (1912-1996)
    Obsessional
    Delusions I
    Delusions III
    Delusions V
    Delusions VII
    Countries of the Dead II
    DYLAN THOMAS (1914-1953)
    The force that through the green fuse drives the flower
    Our eunuch dreams
    To-day, this insect
    Over Sir John's hill
    C.H. SISSON (b. 1914)
    A Letter to John Donne
    The Desert
    Au Clair de la Lune
    Place
    DAVID GASCOYNE (b. 1916)
    And the Seventh Dream is the Dream of Isis
    Baptism
    The Rites of Hysteria
    The Cubical Domes
    NICHOLAS MOORE (1918-1986)
    Song
    Ideas of Disorder at Torquay
    Portman Restaurant
    Leap Year
    W.S. GRAHAM (1918-1986)
    The Nightfishing
    A Note to the Difficult One
    Language Ah Now You Have Me
    TOM SCOTT (1918-1995)
    Johnie Raw Prays for His Lords and Maisters
    KEITH DOUGLAS (1920-1944)
    Simplify me when I'm dead
    These grasses, ancient enemies
    Mersa
    Dead Men
    Cairo Jag
    Aristocrats
    Vergissmeinnicht
    How to Kill
    BOB COBBING (b. 1920)
    [wan do tree]
    [LION LENIN LEONORA]
    [ALEVIN BARS CAUSAPSCAL]
    PHILIP LARKIN (1922-1985)
    Church Going
    Toads
    Nothing To Be Said
    Water
    The Whitsun Weddings
    An Arundel Tomb
    High Windows
    Going, Going
    Homage to a Government
    This Be The Verse
    The Explosion
    DONALD DAVIE (1922-1995)
    Hearing Russian Spoken
    Rejoinder to a Critic
    Rodez
    Out of East Anglia
    A Conditioned Air
    Inditing A Good Matter
    JAMES BERRY (b. 1924)
    Letter to My Father from London
    From Lucy: Englan a University
    IAN HAMILTON FINLAY (b. 1925)
    Orkney Lyrics
    Sea-Poppy I
    Sea-Poppy 2
    ASA BENVENISTE (1925-1990)
    First Words
    Georgic
    Bird Appeal
    Blue Crepe
    ELIZABETH JENNINGS (b. 1926)
    Choices
    Fountain
    On Its Own
    CHRISTOPHER MIDDLETON (b. 1926)
    Hearing Elgar Again
    The Prose of Walking Back to China
    CHARLES TOMLINSON (b. 1927)
    Aesthetic
    Distinctions
    Saving the Appearances
    Swimming Chenango Lake
    Prometheus
    Annunciation
    The Plaza
    The Garden
    THOMAS KINSELLA (b. 1928)
    Baggot Street Deserta
    Ritual of Departure
    GAEL TURNBULL (b. 1928)
    George Fox, from his Journals
    from Twenty Words, Twenty Days: XVII-XX
    Thighs Gripping
    JOHN MONTAGUE (b. 1929)
    The Trout
    A Bright Day
    The Cage
    This Neutral Realm
    The Well Dreams
    THOM GUNN (b. 1929)
    The Unsettled Motorcyclist's Vision of his Death
    Confessions of the Life Artist
    Moly
    Seesaw
    A Sketch of the Great Dejection
    Lament
    ELAINE FEINSTEIN (b. 1930)
    Marriage
    Exile
    For Brighton, Old Bawd
    TED HUGHES (1930-1998)
    View of a Pig
    Pike
    Out
    Pibroch
    Wodwo
    Crow Hears Fate Knock on the Door
    from Gaudete
    Flounders
    ROY FISHER (b. 1930)
    from City:
    The Entertainment of War
    The Poplars
    "Walking through the suburb at night "
    From an English Sensibility
    from A Furnace:
    Introit
    II. The Return
    JON SILKIN (1930-1998)
    Death of a Son
    First it was Singing
    Dandelion
    A Daisy
    A Word about Freedom and Identity in Tel-Aviv
    ROSEMARY TONKS (b. 1932)
    The Sofas, Fogs, and Cinemas
    The Little Cardboard Suitcase
    The Ice-cream Boom Towns
    PETER REDGROVE (b. 1932)
    Against Death
    Young Women with the Hair of Witches and No Modesty
    The British Museum Smile
    Mothers and Child
    GEOFFREY HILL (b. 1932)
    Genesis
    Ovid in the Third Reich
    September Song
    History as Poetry
    from Mercian Hymns: I-XIII, XXVII-XXX
    from The Mystery of the Charity of Charles Péguy: 4,5
    Respublica
    from The Triumph of Love: XXIII, XXV, XXXV, XXXIX-XLIV, LV, LXI-LXIV, CXLVII-CL
    FLEUR ADCOCK (b. 1934)
    Against Coupling
    The Ex-Queen Among the Astronomers
    Leaving the Tate
    TONY HARRISON (b. 1937)
    v.
    JOHN RILEY (1937-1978)
    Czargrad
    TOM RAWORTH (b. 1938)
    Wedding Day
    You've Ruined My Evening/You've Ruined My Life
    South America
    from Logbook: pages 106, 453
    from Sentenced to Death:
    "sentenced he gives a shape"
    "curiously the whole thing had begun"
    "reversals of performance levels"
    from Eternal Sections:
    "in black tunics, middle-aged"
    "brilliance of the orange lily"
    "thoughts are in real time"
    Out of the Picture
    R.F. LANGLEY (b. 1938)
    Saxon Landings
    Man Jack
    CARLYLE REEDY (b. 1938)
    The Slave Ship
    E.A. MARKHAM (b. 1939)
    The Sea
    Towards the End of a Century
    Grandmotherpoem
    The Mother's Tale
    JOHN JAMES (b. 1939)
    Good Old Harry
    Inaugural Address
    LEE HARWOOD (b. 1939)
    When the geography was fixed
    The Blue Mosque
    Salt Water
    SEAMUS HEANEY (b. 1939)
    Bogland
    North
    Singing School
    Oysters
    The Toome Road
    The Underground
    from Station Island: VII, XII
    The Mud Vision
    PETER RILEY (b. 1940)
    from Lines on the Liver: 1, 2, 10, 11, 17
    from Excavations, Part One:
    from Book I: Distant Points:
    "the body in its final commerce"
    "folded in river clay"
    "carefully dismembered"
    from Book 2: This Carol They Began That Hour
    "Sing to me"
    "Meaning spills"
    "Leaving a simple state"
    from Book 3: Vacant Thrones:
    "Ganesa dances"
    "'I arrived at a place mute of light'"
    DEREK MAHON (b. 1941)
    The Snow Party
    A Disused Shed in Co. Wexford
    Courtyards in Delft
    A Garage in Co. Cork
    ANDREW CROZIER (b. 1943)
    The Veil Poem
    TOM LEONARD (b. 1944)
    Six Glasgow Poems
    A Priest Came on at Merkland Street
    CRAIG RAINE (b. 1944)
    An Enquiry into Two Inches of Ivory
    A Martian Sends a Postcard Home
    EAVAN BOLAND (b. 1944)
    The Woman Turns Herself into a Fish
    Listen. This is the Noise of Myth
    from Outside History
    9: In Exile
    ALLEN FISHER (b. 1944)
    from four novels:
    1. African Mission
    defamiliarising *: 38
    Mummers' Strut
    TOM PICKARD (b. 1946)
    A History Lesson from My Son on Hadrian's Wall
    Energy
    The Double D Economy
    PETER READING (b. 1946)
    from Stet
    Thucydidean
    VERONICA FORREST-THOMSON (1947-1975)
    Cordelia: or, 'A Poem Should Not Mean, But Be'
    LIZ LOCHHEAD (b. 1947)
    Mirror's Song
    Bagpipe Muzak, Glasgow 1990
    TREVOR JOYCE (b. 1947)
    The Turlough
    Cry Help
    Tohu-bohu
    DENISE RILEY (b. 1948)
    Affections must not
    Lure, 1963
    When it's time to go
    Pastoral
    Wherever you are, be somewhere else
    Knowing in the real world
    BARRY MACSWEENEY (b. 1948-2000)
    from Hellhound Memos
    BILL GRIFFITHS (b. 1948)
    Reekie
    BRIAN CATLING (b. 1948)
    The Stumbling Block its Index
    ALAN HALSEY (b. 1949)
    Answering a New Year Letter, 1989
    Self-Portrait in a '90s Bestiary
    An Essay on Translation
    GRACE NICHOLS (b. 1950)
    The Fat Black Woman Remembers
    The Fat Black Woman Versus Politics
    Shanking Englishmen Between Trains
    Long-Man
    MEDBH MCGUCKIAN (b. 1950)
    Tulips
    The Seed-Picture
    Slips
    Aviary
    The War Ending
    The Albert Chain
    TONY LOPEZ (b. 1950)
    Brought Forward
    MAGGIE O'SULLIVAN (b. 1951)
    Starlings
    Garb
    Hill Figures
    PAUL MULDOON (b. 1951)
    Quoof
    Meeting the British
    Incantata
    FRANK KUPPNER (b. 1951)
    Eclipsing Binaries
    GERALDINE MONK (b. 1952)
    La Quinta del Sordo
    Where?
    LINTON KWESI JOHNSON (b. 1952)
    Mi Revalueshanary Fren
    MAURICE SCULLY (b. 1952)
    from Steps:
    Fire
    JOHN WILKINSON (b. 1953)
    from Sarn Helen:
    "bayonetted"
    "snap crackle & pop"
    "You've got some lip"
    JO SHAPCOTT (b. 1953)
    Phrase Book
    The Mad Cow in Love
    Mad Cow Dance
    MONIZA ALVI (b. 1954)
    And If
    The Wedding
    Grand Hotel
    CAROL ANN DUFFY (b. 1955)
    Standing Female Nude
    And How Are We Today?
    Psychopath
    Translating the English, 1989
    Poet for Our Times
    CRIS CREEK (b. 1955)
    'stranger'
    ROBERT SHEPPARD (b. 1955)
    The Materialization of Soap 1947
    Internal Exile I
    DAVID DABYDEEN (b. 1955)
    Coolie Odyssey
    from Turner: I, II, XVIII, XX, XXIV, XXV
    RANDOLPH HEALY (b. 1956)
    Colonies of Belief
    from Arbor Vitae: I
    JEAN "BINTA" BREEZE (b. 1957)
    Riddym Ravings (The Mad Woman's Poem)
    Cherry Tree Garden
    BENJAMIN ZEPHANIAH (b. 1958)
    Money
    The SUN
    JACKIE KAY (b. 1961)
    from The Adoption Papers
    Chapter 7: Black Bottom
    W.N. HERBERT (b. 1961)
    The Anxiety of Information
    The Postcards of Scotland
    CAROLINE BERGVALL (b. 1962)
    Les jets de le Poupee
    DREW MILNE (b. 1964)
    A Garden of Tears
    CATHERINE WALSH (b. 1964)
    from Pitch: Part Three
    HELEN MACDONALD (b. 1970)
    Taxonomy
    Blackbird/Jackdaw/Turdus/corvus/merula/ monedula
    Section VIII
    Poem
    Index