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Modernist poetry has a reputation for difficulty as well as brilliance, obscurity as well as innovations central to modern culture. Modernist poets have experimented with form, subject matter, visual appearance, oral performance, publication, and every aspect of the material and intellectual culture of the poem. Helping students to recognise and understand the energies and interventions at work in this poetry makes great demands on the teacher of literature. In this timely book, leading poets and scholars discuss the pleasures and challenges of teaching the exciting, diverse field of modernist poetry from the beginning of the last century to the present. You will find here many practical classroom ideas, along with plenty of useful information about poets, poems, critics and histories of poetry.


Description

Modernist poetry has a reputation for difficulty as well as brilliance, obscurity as well as innovations central to modern culture. Modernist poets have experimented with form, subject matter, visual appearance, oral performance, publication, and every aspect of the material and intellectual culture of the poem. Helping students to recognise and understand the energies and interventions at work in this poetry makes great demands on the teacher of literature. In this timely book, leading poets and scholars discuss the pleasures and challenges of teaching the exciting, diverse field of modernist poetry from the beginning of the last century to the present. You will find here many practical classroom ideas, along with plenty of useful information about poets, poems, critics and histories of poetry.


Reviews

'This valuable collection touches on a wide range of concerns: how might individual poems be discussed productively in seminars; how can questions of form be related to historical issues; should allusions be tracked down and explicated or should they be left to resonate in readers' minds, opening interpretation up rather than closing it down; to what extent is it reasonable to speak of two "modernisms", the "break" between them being roughly marked by the Second World War; how can teachers address modernism's often reactionary politics and how might pedagogy be radicalised... All the essays published here have valuable contributions to make to these questions, but those by Peter Nicholls, Drew Milne, Harriet Tarlo and Peter Middleton are especially rewarding. This volume will not be of interest to just teachers of modernist history but also to researchers; the emphasis it places on pedagogy is especially useful, but most essays have equally valuable things to say about the history, intellectual range, linguistic complexity and political implications of modernist poetry and its continuing legacies.' - Routledge ABES June 2011


Contents

Series Preface
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Pedagogy and Poetics; N.Marsh
The Elusive Allusion: Poetry as Exegesis; P.Nicholls
Politics and Modernist Poetics; D.Milne
Science and Poetry; M.H.Whitworth
'The New comes forward': Anglo-American Modernist Women Poets; H.Tarlo
Race, Modernism and Institutions; C.Sweeney
Contemporary British Modernisms; P.Barry
Modernist Pedagogy at the End of the Lecture: IT and the Poetics Classroom; A.Filreis
Reading and Writing Through Found Materials: from modernism to contemporary practice; R.Olsen
Experiment in Practice and Speculation in Poetics; R.Sheppard
Wreading, Writing, Wresponding; C.Bernstein
Early Modernism, Late Modernism, and Interpretative Ingenuity; P.Middleton
Index


Authors

NICKY MARSH works on contemporary poetry and fiction, her recent works include Democracy in Contemporary U.S Women's Poetry and Money, Finance, and Speculation and Finance in Recent British Fiction.

PETER MIDDLETON is Professor of English at the University of Southampton, UK. He is the author of Distant Reading: Performance, Readership, and Consumption in Contemporary Poetry, (with Tim Woods) Literatures of Memory, The Inward Gaze, and Aftermath (poems), and articles on science and poetry, climate change, and contemporary poets.