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Blically important as their poemsFor them the Spanish Civil War epitomized the mood of the times as their symbolic obsessions were transmuted into tragic reality But from within their strongly defined unity of ideals an astonishingly. I enjoyed and appreciated some of the poems in this book but I was left with a persistent sense that this generation of poets wasn t as strong as the one that preceded it no talent on the scale of TS Eliot for exampleIt didn t help that the poems I thought the best in this volume were by Dylan Thomas and I already knew thoseAlso less notes period detail than other Penguin poetry books I have

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Poetry of the Thirties

Auden Day Lewis Spender MacNeice and the other key poets of the Thirties were children of the First World War obsessed by war and by communalism by the class struggle and a passionate belief in poets as people whose actions are as pu. All the greats are here with many of their most famous poems but for me it is Louis Macneice that I find most engaging and most underrated

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Varied body of poetry emergedRobin Skelton has arranged the poetry to make an illuminating ‘critical essay’ of the period and in his introduction he brilliantly probes the moods and s of an intensely troubled and creative decade. A real sense of the progressive politics of the time and how much I ve been underestimating Betjeman The Coquette and the Boarding School real sense of the progressive politics of the time and how much I ve been underestimating Betjeman


10 thoughts on “Poetry of the Thirties

  1. says:

    The 1930s for poets depression new politics and a gathering storma self consciousness and awareness and the idealised romance of the Spanish civil warthe big hitters are hereLouis Macneice something of a depressive divorcee displaced Irishman class warrior wandering in London Rain and pondering imperial shame in the British Museum

  2. says:

    I've read the section I need to and I am doubtless that I will be reading it again and again in future for the essay I have to write I wish I could read the whole thing but at this moment in time I haven't any This is the same problem I had for Metamorphoses However I love these poems We were focusing on the Spanish Civil War poetry a war that came between WWI and WWII but is often overshadowed by both It was one of the first wa

  3. says:

    All the greats are here with many of their most famous poems but for me it is Louis Macneice that I find most engaging and

  4. says:

    Never before have I read a book that so represented its times The poetry in here is wonderful and has a distinctive flavor stuff like this simply isn't written any styles changeI don't know It's also good to see how poets fit into their times if this makes any sense Sometimes I think if we published a book of representative poetry from each year we would know a great deal about history than what we do

  5. says:

    I enjoyed and appreciated some of the poems in this book but I was left with a persistent sense that this generation of poets wasn't as strong as the one that preceded it no talent on the scale of TS Eliot for exampleIt didn't help that the poems I thought the best in this volume were by Dylan Thomas and I already knew thoseAlso less notes p

  6. says:

    An intelligent and thoughtful selection by Robin Skelton So many of the poems were written as a response to crises the Spanish Civil War the rise of Fascism the coming of further global warWhere is the euivalent poetry of 2016? We need poetic t

  7. says:

    Not a big poetry person but I enjoyed much of what was in here

  8. says:

    A real sense of the progressive politics of the time and how much I've been underestimating Betjeman

  9. says:

    An interesting collection

  10. says:

    Love this collection from the cubist cover to the light penguin blue to some nifty moving if sometimes overdramatic poems like Rex Warner's hymn and sonnet willian empson's just a smack at Auden and missing dates Gavin ewart's Audenesue for a

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