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ENAM 0550 Twentieth-Century British Poetry

The course ranges widely among the riches and complexities of British poetry in the twentieth century. In the modern age the variety of modes and types in which poets found their individual voices expanded to a vast degree, responding in manifold ways to the crises, tribulations and landmarks of the period. Poets are studied for their own particular nuances and characteristics, and for their larger contribution to modern British culture.

Sample Topics:

  • Thomas Hardy
  • The Poetry of the First World War
  • A.E. Housman
  • T.S. Eliot
  • W.B. Yeats
  • W.H. Auden
  • John Betjeman
  • Dylan Thomas
  • Philip Larkin
  • Ted Hughes
  • Seamus Heaney
  • Benjamin Zephaniah


Introductory Reading:

  • Bloom, H., Twentieth-Century British Poets. New York: Checkmark, 2011
  • Corcoran, N., ed., The Cambridge Companion to Twentieth-Century English Poetry. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007
  • O’Neill, M. and M. Callaghan, eds, Twentieth-Century British and Irish Poetry. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011
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