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A Commentary on the Poetry of W.H.Auden, C.Day Lewis, Louis MacNeice and Stephen Spender

By (author) John Whitehead
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 31st Oct 1992
Dimensions: h 240mm
ISBN-10: 0773495827
ISBN-13: 9780773495821
Barcode No: 9780773495821
Synopsis
While literary critics have given disproportionate attention to the work of Auden and MacNeice, this commentary gives equal attention to their contemporaries - Day Lewis and Spender. The author offers insights to their poetry, identifies undetected sources, and elucidates obscurities. By placing their poetry in its biographical and historical contexts, he demonstrates how four poets with similar social and educational backgrounds responded to the stresses of private life and uneasy times, while remaining continuously aware of each other's work. His chronological survey of their entire poetic output over 60 years dispels the notion that their chief interest is as representative writers of a single decade, "the 30s".

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