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p. 946. Among the English poetslocked

  • Jonathan Bate

Abstract

Literature hasn't always been a silent and solitary activity. The ancient bards did not write their poems down: they memorized and recited them. Dramatic poetry is by its nature aural and communal. ‘Among the English poets’ examines the history of poetry, the life of poets, and the poetry of war and desire. There are many varieties of poetry, both public and private. Romanticism's emphasis on the writer's own feelings was in effect a privatizing of poetry. Keats wrote odes to moods, nature, and seasons. War has had a huge impact on our views of poetry. In some respects, the famous First World War poets shaped war poetry so decisively that it has been impossible to go beyond them.

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