By Peter McDonald
Will we are looking to learn poetry, or simply like having a number of poets to speak about? The historical past of poetry in twentieth-century Britain and eire is one that ends with the assimilation of winning poets right into a media tradition; it's also, even though, one other historical past, certainly one of shape and authority, within which convinced poets discovered modes and pitches of resistance to the seeming inevitabilities in their instances. during this historical past, it's the authority of poetry (and now not the media-processed poet) that's at stake within the integrity of poetic shape.
Serious Poetry: shape and Authority from Yeats to Hill offers a arguable interpreting of twentieth-century British and Irish poetry concentrated on six figures, all of whom are critics in addition to poets: W. B. Yeats, T. S. Eliot, W. H. Auden, Louis MacNeice, Seamus Heaney, and Geoffrey Hill. Yeats's centrality to twentieth-century poetry - and the matter many poets and critics had, or nonetheless have, with that centrality - is a big concentration of the ebook. Serious Poetry argues that it really is within the strengths, percentages, perplexities, and certainties of the poetic shape that poetry's authority in a distrustful cultural weather is still such a lot heavily alive.