Reading Modernist Poetry
February 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
- Provides close examinations of key poems by T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, W. B. Yeats, and others
- Considers key techniques employed to orient and disorient the reader, such as diction, rhythm, and allusion
- Explores the ideological implications of subject matter and the literary forms and structures of modernist poetry
- Places modernist poetry in relation to its Victorian and Romantic predecessors
- Encourages readers to engage with the texts and make their own interpretations, moving away from the question of what the poem says in favour of considering the effect of the poem on its reader
Part I Subject Matter.
3 Landscapes, Locations, and Texts.
4 Explorations of Consciousness.
Part II Techniques.
5 Interpreting Obscurities, Negotiating Negatives.
6 The Sound of the Poem.
7 Allusion and Quotation.
8 The Language of Modernist Poetry: Diction and Dialogue.
9 Literal and Metaphorical Language.
10 Mythology, Mythography, and Mythopoesis.
11 Who is Speaking?
Part III Form, Structure, and Evaluation.
13 Subjects and Objects in Modernist Lyric.
14 Temporality and Modernist Lyric.
15 The Dramatic Monologue.
16 Modernism, Epic, and the Long Poem.
17 Modernist Endings.
18 Value and Evaluation.
—Ian Gregson, Bangor University