The influence of Shelley on twentieth- and twenty-first century poetry

Robinson, J.C. (2012) The influence of Shelley on twentieth- and twenty-first century poetry. In: O'Neill, M. and Howe, A. (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Percy Bysshe Shelley. Series: Oxford handbooks of literature. Oxford University Press, pp. 627-644. ISBN 9780199558360

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This chapter shows how Shelley became a model for formal experimentation and playfulness in poetry among some radical twentieth- and twenty-first-century poets, whose understanding of him as a figure of an unpredictable personal and radical political life who was sensational in his death helped form their own radical poetry and poetics. It begins with brief discussions of three major precursors to this radical understanding: Yeats and Eliot, who acknowledged some of what the radical poets called on but came to very different conclusions; and in a somewhat similar vein a poet of the next generation, W. H. Auden. The discussion then turns to the work of a range of avant-garde poets.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Robinson, Professor Jeffrey
Authors: Robinson, J.C.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Literature
Publisher:Oxford University Press

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