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By Gary E. Day, Brian Docherty

This assortment specializes in British poetry from the Georgians to the second one global conflict. The creation offers the framework for the articles which stick with by way of contemplating the query of the relation among poetry and society because it appears to be like within the paintings of F.R. Leavis, T.W. Adorno and Antony Easthope. Written by way of specialists, the essays conceal poetic activities and person authors, either mainstream and ignored, and tackle the tricky challenge of constructing price decisions whereas situating poetry in its old context.

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Squire (London: Martin Seeker, 1921) pp. v-vii. The other two anthologies were Second Selections from Modern Poets, ed. by J. C. Squire (London: Martin Seeker, 1924) and Younger Poets of To-Day, ed. by J. C. Squire (London: Martin Secker, 1932). See his letter of February 1915 to F. W. Harvey: "Tonight I have been reading the Georgian Poetry Book. . Our young poets think very much as we'; in Ivor Gurney: Collected Letters, ed. by R. K. R. Thornton (Ashington and Manchester: Mid Northumberland Arts Group and Carcanet, 1991) p.

Writing in a period of increased complexity and emotional dislocation, they were attempting not merely to reassert the importance of human experience, but also to explore it in all its intricacy. Innovative as all this realism and emphasis upon emotional response is, it must be seen in the wider context of the Georgians' struggle to restore the individual to a position of importance in poetry. Not only was their age dehumanising in a social sense, but also in an artistic sense. The effusions of Newbolt and his likeminded cohorts all stress the importance of community - in this case, the nationalist, morally-correct community of imperial England - and there is no place in their work for either the individual or any kind of personal, subjective response.

45) Sassoon's poem fits all of Stead's criteria. Its casual realism echoes that of W. H. Davies's 'The Bird of Paradise', and its theme - the distance between civilian wartime rhetoric and the actuality of war - directly parallels the early Georgians' attempts to get beyond the poetic rhetoric of their age to express its true nature. Similarly, whilst Robert Nichols's other poems display distinct Neo-Georgian tendencies, 'The Assault' maintains an authentic Georgian approach and shows how the notion of using ordinary language to convey an immediate experience can be developed: Over the parapet!

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