The Facts on File Companion to British Poetry: 1900 to the Present
The Facts on File Companion to British Poetry: 1900 to the Present
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Annotation: An encyclopedic guide that introduces high school and college students to some of the best-loved 20th and 21st-century British poets and poetry. It features appendixes that include a general bibliography and a glossary of poetic terms.
Catalog Number: #3927852
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
Publisher: Facts On File
Copyright Date: 2009
Edition Date: c2009
Pages: viii, 568 p.
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-8160-6406-7
ISBN 13: 978-0-8160-6406-9
Dewey: 821
LCCN: 2007047593
Dimensions: 25 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-Temperate, perceptive, and above all wise, these 450 engaging essays offer an inspiring glance into some major, as well as very minor, poets and specific works. Spanning in time from staid Edwardian traditionalism to explosive postmodern wordplay and political posturing, the volume provides a glimpse of subgenres from Georgian poetry and postcolonialism to feminism and performance poetry. It is extremely well written, clear, and scholarly without being self-indulgently erudite. The serious treatment of even largely forgotten figures such as Walter de la Mare is commendable. This work stresses the true value of poetry, its public as well as its private worth, the struggle that went into the creation of even forgotten compositions, and the impact those works may have on literature in general. In so doing it engages readers, piquing their interest and drawing them back to those dusty shelves of neglected works. Though much of the information here could easily be accessed through online databases such as Gale's Literature Resource Center or their Literary Reference Center, this is a deliciously inspiring collection of essays. Herman Sutter, Saint Agnes Academy, Houston, TX
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* From Rudyard Kipling (1865 1936) to Andrew Motion (b. 1952), the twentieth century saw great changes in British poetry, and this volume makes a solid attempt at capturing all of them. This is the final volume (although not the last to be published) in a fine series devoted to British poetry. The Facts On File Companion to British Poetry: Before 1600 and The Facts On File Companion to British Poetry: 17th and 18th Centuries were both also published in 2008. The Facts On File Companion to British Poetry: 19th Century will be published later this year. Persoon and Watson, both professors at Grand Valley State University, have compiled 450 entries, including biographical sketches and critical commentaries on major works as well as 40 additional topics, among them The Great War and poetry, Poetry journals, and Symbolism. The authors succeed in touching on all major poets and works. It is nice to see that they also took the opportunity to resurrect often-neglected poets who made an impact on the literary scene or whose reputations are on the rise. Examples include Frances Comford and Sylvia Townsend Warner. Some emerging writers are also included. Despite the title, this work covers not only British poetry but poetry written in English throughout the world, excluding American poetry. The introduction has a well-reasoned explanation for why this was done expand the horizons of users. The authors note, however, that including poets from the Caribbean, Africa, India, and elsewhere under the "British" umbrella might be controversial. Entries are signed and average one page in length. Each is followed by a bibliography for further reading. Appendixes include a glossary, a bibliography, and a list of contributors. Those libraries that have purchased the first titles in this series will certainly want to add this one as well, as will any library seeking treatment of the lesser-known poets included here. Recommended for high-school, public, and academic libraries.
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Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 538-540) and index.
Reading Level: 7.0
Interest Level: 9+
In 450 entries ranging in length from 300 to more than 2,500 words each, The Facts On File Companion to British Poetry: 1900 to the Present is a new A-to-Z encyclopedic guide that introduces high school and college students to some of the best-loved 20th and 21st-century British poets and poetry. Appendixes include a general bibliography and a glossary of poetic terms.
Coverage includes:
Poets, from the turn-of-the-century masters to today's most highly acclaimed, including Thomas Hardy, A.E. Housman, Wilfred Owen, William Butler Yeats, Dylan Thomas, W.H. Auden, Robert Graves, Philip Larkin, Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney, and Geoffrey Hill
Major poems, such as Anthem for Doomed Youth, Sailing to Byzantium, September 1, 1939, and Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night
Important themes, topics, and movements.

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In 450 entries ranging in length from 300 to more than 2500 words each, this book is an A-to-Z encyclopedic guide that introduces high school and college students to some of the best-loved 20th and 21st-century British poets and poetry.


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