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By Stephen W. Delchamps

This ebook is a entire research of the poetry of the British poet Gavin Ewart (1916-1995). The creation relates Ewart's poetry to Edward Mendelson's proposal of "civil poetry." The chapters supply biographical details and talk about Ewart's poetry, his significant issues, his feel of the poetic "craft" and participation in a group of poets, and the sexually particular nature of his paintings.

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His intention was to read part 1 of the Classical Tripos, a demanding survey of Greek and Roman literature that normally required two years to complete, in a single year. Ewart has described himself at this time as lonely and unhappy, with few friends. He knew no one in Christ’s College, and was in any case living outside of college. ’’33 Nevertheless, through an introduction from Stephen Spender, Ewart was able to make the acquaintance of the Cambridge don and art historian Anthony Blunt. At what he has called ‘‘magnificent gin-drinking parties’’ in Blunt’s rooms at Trinity College, Ewart met, among others, G.

Moreover, the broad-ranging compassion and concern with human suffering so often found in Ewart’s adult poetry also has its basis in a thoroughly secular liberal consciousness. As the son of a prosperous, upper-middle-class family, Ewart naturally passed through the conventional sequence of preparatory school, .......................... 9040$$ $CH1 01-04-02 10:09:13 PS 47 1: THE EARLY CAREER: BACKGROUND public school, and university. His preparatory school was situated on the Isle of Thanet. 8 Ewart next attended a public school, Wellington College in Crowthorne, Berkshire.

Titled ‘‘Inner Circle,’’ the sketch gives an account of the ruminations of a young man named Paul, who wanders through a deserted London park on a December evening, thinking thoughts ‘‘as automatic as his footsteps’’: He thought of his father. The death of innumerable grouse. . Of his mother, who occasionally said things totally devoid of meaning in her efforts to be polite. Of his elder sister, ugly and anaemic; how she printed cretonnes and drew in charcoal, the admiration of relatives. How she hated her father without realizing it.

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