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eBook The 20th Century in Poetry ePub

by Michael Hulse,Simon Rae

  • ISBN: 1605983640
  • Category: Poetry
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Michael Hulse,Simon Rae
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Pegasus Books; 1 edition (August 1, 2012)
  • Pages: 864
  • ePub book: 1789 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1979 kb
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  • Rating: 4.1
  • Votes: 735

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However, the 20th century was not all war and holocaust; it was also a time of great advancements in science, technology . 17 people found this helpful.

However, the 20th century was not all war and holocaust; it was also a time of great advancements in science, technology, and quality of life. But even the best times of the 20th century are painted depressingly in this collection. To give an example, there are three poems about the moon landing and they all come across as works of petty douchebags.

The authors, both published poets themselves, give an overview of each period of history, while notes to the poems place each one in its historical context and trace the century’s poetic development. Concise biographies for each poet complete the anthology.

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Simon Rae (author), Michael Hulse (author). This richly rewarding collection makes invaluable reading for poetry lovers all over the world. Please provide me with your latest book news, views and details of Waterstones’ special offers.

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Michael Hulse teaches poetry at Warwick University and regularly does reading tours in the UK, the US. .Simon Rae is a playwright, novelist and broadcaster (he presented Radio 4's 'Poetry Please' for several years).

Michael Hulse teaches poetry at Warwick University and regularly does reading tours in the UK, the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and India. He is based in Warwick. He lives in Banbury, Oxfordshire. Both Michael Hulse and Simon Rae are published poets and winners of the National Poetry Competition. Country of Publication.

Historians look at the 20th Century a bit differently than the calendar shows. Historians start the century at the start of World War I, the official end of the 19th century world view. 20th Century in Poetry takes the reader year by year from 1900 through 2000 with at least one poem from each year. It further divides the poems into sensible groupings.

Michael Hulse, Simon Rae. This impressive anthology presents over four hundred poems written during the twentieth century

Michael Hulse, Simon Rae. This impressive anthology presents over four hundred poems written during the twentieth century.

The history of the twentieth century as seen through the eyes of the greatest poets of our time.

This groundbreaking anthology presents in chronological order over four hundred poems written during the twentieth century. The authors, both published poets themselves, give an overview of each period of history, while notes to the poems place each one in its historical context and trace the century's poetic development. Concise biographies for each poet complete the anthology.By organizing the poems in chronological order, readers will see poets in a new light. Here A. E. Houseman, for example, rubs shoulders with T.S. Eliot, showing that traditional forms can hold their own against the modernist orthodoxy. All the major events of the twentieth century are reflected in the choice of poems within these pages.

Including poems by noel coward, Rudyard Kipling, James Joyce, D. H. Lawrence, Robert Frost, G. K. Chesterton, Ezra Pound, Philip Larkin, T. S. Eliot, Wallace Stevens, Langston Hughes, William Carlos Williams, W. H. Auden, e. e. cummings, Dylan Thomas, Kingsley Amis, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Frank O’hara, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, John Updike, Robert Penn Warren, among a host of others, this richly rewarding collection captures the history of the twentieth century within one monumental volume.

 

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Aria Aria
“The 20th Century in Poetry” is an anthology of over 400 poems written in the 20th century that take (often tenuously or symbolically) historical events as their prevailing theme. The poets included in this collection range from household names to those who’ll be well known only to poetry lovers to a few obscure choices. Among the more famous poets included are: Rudyard Kipling, A.E. Housman, James Joyce, W.B. Yeats, D.H. Lawrence, Ezra Pound, Robert Frost, Carl Sandburg, T.S. Eliot, Langston Hughes, William Carlos Williams, A.A. Milne, Countee Cullen, Edna St. Vincent Millay, W.H. Auden, e.e. cummings, Dylan Thomas, Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan, Sylvia Plath, John Updike, Chinua Achele, Robert Penn Warren, and Seamus Heaney.

Read the title carefully, this isn’t a collection of the best or most popular poems of the 20th century. Many of the works included aren’t even among the best known works of poet authoring them—though there are a few exceptions (e.g. William Carlos Williams’ “Red Wheel Borrow” and Dylan Thomas’ “Do not go gentle into that good night”.) Having “clarified” this point, one should note that many of the poems aren’t written about 20th century events. In other words, they’re all written in the 20th century, and they’re mostly about (or around) historical happenings, but sometimes those happenings are from a much earlier time period. However, the editors could well argue that the decision to reflect back on ancient events at that particular time speaks to perceived corollaries in the contemporary era.

I remember reading the reviews on Amazon for this book when I was considering whether to purchase it. The few reviews were overwhelmingly positive, but there was one negative review. Now usually when there’s one negative review and several positive ones, one can dismiss the negative review as that of a curmudgeon—the same person who returns his or her steak three times because the cook can’t get it within one minute and half-a-degree of what that person has determined is the ideal state of cookedness. However, I gave this negative review the benefit of the doubt and read it. What I found was a well-reasoned and uncurmudgeonly explanation of why that person didn’t like the anthology. Still, I dismissed the review and bought it. While I’m glad I did, I can see that reviewer’s point.

What was said critique? It was that the entire anthology was bleak and depressing. At the time of purchase, I shrugged that off. It’s poetry. Of course, it leans to the dark and morose. Poets aren’t generally known for their cheery dispositions (Augden Nash, Dr. Seuss, and Shel Silverstein notwithstanding—and, of course, none of those individuals’ works is in this book.) There are times when the doom and gloom obviously strikes the right tone (e.g. poems about the Depression, the World Wars, and various genocidal atrocities.) However, the 20th century was not all war and holocaust; it was also a time of great advancements in science, technology, and quality of life. But even the best times of the 20th century are painted depressingly in this collection. To give an example, there are three poems about the moon landing and they all come across as works of petty douchebags. (I suppose the underlying sentiment was, “Why are we spending millions going to the moon when there are poets who can’t make a decent living moping about and painting word pictures of the world as seen through s***-colored glasses.)

As this book is proclaimed as an attempt to capture the history of an entire century through poetry, it’s worth pointing out that this is clearly an English language centric view of history. To be fair, the editors do go to lengths to include poems from both Indian (i.e. South Asian Indian) and African poets whose works were published in English.

The poems are arranged in 7 chronological parts: 1900-1914, 1915-1922, 1923-1939, 1940-1945, 1946-1968, 1969-1988, and 1989-2000. Anybody remotely familiar with the history of the 20th century should be able to tell what world events drove this particular delineation of timeframes. For readers who aren’t history buffs, one nice feature is that each part begins with a prose discussion of world events during said era.

I would recommend this book to individuals interested in poetry as long as they don’t currently suffer from depressive disorders.
Urllet Urllet
Not every 20th Century poet, but most of the better known ones are represented. It's easy to read on my Kindle and fairly easy to jump around. Includes great variety from romantic to humorous to World War I ironies to the somewhat more challenging obscurities by Wallace Stevens, just about every genre you would want to see in a book with this title. Excellent for use in doctors' waiting rooms when you want to be entertained for a few minutes, or for settling in on a winter afternoon with the fire blazing and good music on the stereo.
Mr.mclav Mr.mclav
A great compendium of modern poetry. You'll find all the familiar names here ... and a few pleasant surprises too.
Usic Usic
Thank goodness Amazon has taken the plunge and provided quality poetry. This anthology is an absolute delight for all lovers of poetry and a needed balance to received views of the last century. Present are poems and poets from the world over. As with all anthologies, there are some familiar and many others presented for the first time to many readers.The poetry gives creative artists' insights into the events and trends that shaped the twentieth century without the bluster of historians getting in the way and insights into the ordinary, the everyday. Here are the sharp critical views of those many disregard - poets. The anthology is enhanced by the brief commentary at each section. More great poetry please.
Samulkis Samulkis
Despite a few puzzling choices, a very good anthology that provides some of the greatest poetry and glimpses of recent history.
MOQ MOQ
Great collection at a fair price.
Atineda Atineda
I OWN MANY BOOKS OF POETRY BUT THIS SELECTION IS UNIQUE IN THAT IT CONTAINS POEMS NOT GENERALLY WELL KNOWN OR AT LEAST OFTEN FOUND IN OTHER COLLECTIONS.
One poetry collection you need by your bed.

Great poetry anthology.
Great collection of 20th century poetry.
You can understand how the poets followed the times.
Very worthwhile to have one copy at home.