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Louis Undermeyer dates the modern period of English literature beginning circa 1885. He further divides the modern period into seven time periods. "(I) The decay of Victorianism and the growth of a purely decorative art, (2) The rise and decline of the ^Esthetic Philosophy, (3) The muscu lar influence of Henley, (4) The Celtic revival in Ireland, (5) Rudyard Kipling and th Louis Undermeyer dates the modern period of English literature beginning circa 1885. He further divides the modern period into seven time periods. "(I) The decay of Victorianism and the growth of a purely decorative art, (2) The rise and decline of the ^Esthetic Philosophy, (3) The muscu lar influence of Henley, (4) The Celtic revival in Ireland, (5) Rudyard Kipling and the ascendency of mechanism in art, (6) John Masefield and the return of the rhymed narrative, (7) The war and the appearance of The Georgians. " Poets included in this collection are Thomas Hardy, Robert Louis Stevenson, William Watson, A E Housman, William Butler Yeates, Rudyard Kipling, J M Synge, G K Chesterton, Lord Dunsany, Joseph Campbell, James Joyce, Edward Shanks, Robert Graves, and many others.


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Louis Undermeyer dates the modern period of English literature beginning circa 1885. He further divides the modern period into seven time periods. "(I) The decay of Victorianism and the growth of a purely decorative art, (2) The rise and decline of the ^Esthetic Philosophy, (3) The muscu lar influence of Henley, (4) The Celtic revival in Ireland, (5) Rudyard Kipling and th Louis Undermeyer dates the modern period of English literature beginning circa 1885. He further divides the modern period into seven time periods. "(I) The decay of Victorianism and the growth of a purely decorative art, (2) The rise and decline of the ^Esthetic Philosophy, (3) The muscu lar influence of Henley, (4) The Celtic revival in Ireland, (5) Rudyard Kipling and the ascendency of mechanism in art, (6) John Masefield and the return of the rhymed narrative, (7) The war and the appearance of The Georgians. " Poets included in this collection are Thomas Hardy, Robert Louis Stevenson, William Watson, A E Housman, William Butler Yeates, Rudyard Kipling, J M Synge, G K Chesterton, Lord Dunsany, Joseph Campbell, James Joyce, Edward Shanks, Robert Graves, and many others.

30 review for Modern British Poetry

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Barrow Wilfong

    This is a collection of poets from the turn of the last century who were leaders in their genre. Untermeyer gives a brief biography and sketch of the development of each poet's craft followed by a couple of examples of their work. This book was written in 1911 so one has to realize that the word "modern" must be used inside that time frame. This is a collection of poets from the turn of the last century who were leaders in their genre. Untermeyer gives a brief biography and sketch of the development of each poet's craft followed by a couple of examples of their work. This book was written in 1911 so one has to realize that the word "modern" must be used inside that time frame.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    Poetry is a beautiful art. It's taking a story and breaking it down to the choicest morsels. Read some new favorite poets, like William Arthur Edgar O'Shaughnessy. Poetry is a beautiful art. It's taking a story and breaking it down to the choicest morsels. Read some new favorite poets, like William Arthur Edgar O'Shaughnessy.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bernie Gourley

    This is an anthology of 183 poems written by 77 British authors. Given the title, “Modern British Poetry,” the first thing that should be stated is that the original work came out around 1920, and so the bulk of these poems are from the 19th century. That may fit perfectly with your classification of modern poetry, but if you’re looking for present-day poets, this isn’t the book you’re after. However, the good news is that you might still find some unexpected treasures. Often collections of publ This is an anthology of 183 poems written by 77 British authors. Given the title, “Modern British Poetry,” the first thing that should be stated is that the original work came out around 1920, and so the bulk of these poems are from the 19th century. That may fit perfectly with your classification of modern poetry, but if you’re looking for present-day poets, this isn’t the book you’re after. However, the good news is that you might still find some unexpected treasures. Often collections of public domain poetry like this gather poems that are ubiquitous and which are probably already on the shelves of most poetry readers in various collections and anthologies. But of the almost 80 poets included, only a handful will be household names for a general reader—particularly if you aren’t from the UK and thus didn’t get exposed to the more obscure British poets. Of course, there are a number who have stood the test of time: Thomas Hardy, Robert Louis Stevenson, Oscar Wilde, A.E. Housman, William Butler Yeats, Rudyard Kipling, G.K. Chesterton, Alfred Noyes, D.H. Lawrence, Edith Sitwell, and Robert Graves spring to mind. Furthermore, the poems chosen aren’t a straightforward “greatest hits” list. (e.g. “If” isn’t among the four Rudyard Kipling entries.) As one might expect of a 230 page anthology that contains 183 poems (plus author bios and the occasional footnote), the poems selected are brief. In a few cases, excerpts from longer works are included, but for the most part these are poems that fit comfortably on a single page. This is great for someone trying to get a feel for the various poets and for those who enjoy more compact works over epic poems—which, if we’re being honest, is most of us. The anthologist, Louis Untermeyer, includes brief bios for each of the poets in front of their entries in the anthology. Generally, each included poet has between one and four poems. While the poems are organized by poet, the poets seem to be organized chronologically (at least as near as I can tell; it begins with Thomas Hardy [1840 – 1928] and ends with Robert Graves [1895 – 1985.]) I read a Kindle version of this work and found it to be far better organized than most of these public domain compilations. It not only had an index that would take one to individual poems or poet bios, but it also contained a hyperlinked index. Unfortunately, I obtained the book some time ago and I couldn’t find the same edition when I looked for it while doing the review. Most of the Kindle editions now seem to bundle Untermeyer’s “Modern American Poetry” with his “Modern British Poetry” but the edition I had was just the British poets. I recommend this book for poetry readers. In addition to having some exemplary short form poetry from both well-known and forgotten poets, it happens to contain the first poem I ever memorized in it—a powerful little poem by John McCrae entitled “In Flanders Fields” (if you don’t know it, read it; it’s war poetry at its finest.)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Audra (Unabridged Chick)

    This book only remains unfinished because I'm not such a poetry lover that I can read a whole volume at once. However, this is a lovely collection of British poetry with great introductory bios by Louis Untermeyer. Many of the poets featured may be unfamiliar to American readers, which makes it an even greater treat -- but there are many classics as well. This book only remains unfinished because I'm not such a poetry lover that I can read a whole volume at once. However, this is a lovely collection of British poetry with great introductory bios by Louis Untermeyer. Many of the poets featured may be unfamiliar to American readers, which makes it an even greater treat -- but there are many classics as well.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Gail Oare

    A good sampling along with bios of poets. The editor covers some fairly little-known poets extensively and gives light coverage of some who deserved more space. That to me is puzzling, but still an interesting and instructive collection.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Really enjoyed this, and the biographies helped to add context to the poems.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lora Shouse

  8. 4 out of 5

    nicole smith

  9. 4 out of 5

    Qanata

  10. 4 out of 5

    Brittany Lopez

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lê Quang Huy

  13. 5 out of 5

    Vicki Bejma

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    Diane Knight

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    Jude Brigley

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    April

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    Greg Gault

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    Heidi

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sterngucker

  20. 5 out of 5

    Wendy E. Belzer

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    Malachy Flisk

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    Jan

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    Johanna Haas

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    Phil Willden

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    Butch O Wells

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    N Harty

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    Charles A Konkol

  30. 4 out of 5

    Laura Trussell

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