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Readings and Preparatory Exercise

Read the poems listed below, selected from the first three Georgian Poetry anthologies. I recommend the Google Books images where they are available, but the Gutenberg plain texts are also acceptable (and can be downloaded onto e-readers). If you have any twentieth-century poetry anthologies like the Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry, you may wish to try looking up some of these poets.

As you read, reflect on what you are learning about the possibilities for British poetry around the time of the First World War. These anthologies represent perhaps the most serious and popular version of non-modernist practice in this period. This Georgian "school" of writing later came to be treated with derision—by critics under the influence of modernist poetics—but at the time of first publication it was also possible to see this work as itself quite modern and new.

Please choose one poem and print it on paper. Reread it carefully and make notes on the language and the form. Bring these notes to class.

Continue reading Bennett, The Old Wives' Tale.

Begin thinking about your research paper.

Georgian Poetry, 1911–1912

Project Gutenberg text
Google Books image (New York: Putnam, 1914)

Prefatory Note
Bottomley, "The End of the World"
Brooke, "The Old Vicarage, Grantchester"; "Dust"; "The Fish"; "Town and Country"
Chesterton, "The Song of Elf"
Davies, "The Kingfisher"
de la Mare, "Arabia"; "The Sleeper"; "The Listeners";
Gibson, "Geraniums"
Lawrence, "The Snapdragon"
Masefield, "Biography"

Georgian Poetry, 1913–1915

Project Gutenberg hypertext
Google Books image (New York: Putnam, 1916)

Prefatory Note
Brooke, "Tiare Tahiti"; "The Great Lover"; "Beauty and Beauty"; "Heaven"; "Clouds"; "Sonnet"; "The Soldier"
Flecker, "Santorin"; "Gates of Damascus"
Gibson, "The Going"
Lawrence, "Service of all the Dead"
Monro, "Milk for the Cat"; "Overhead on a Saltmarsh"; "Children of Love"

Georgian Poetry, 1916–1917

Project Gutenberg text

Squire, "To a Bull-Dog"
Sassoon, "'They'"; "'In the Pink'"
Rosenberg, "'Ah, Koelue...'"
Nichols, "The Assault"
Graves, "It's a Queer Time"
Gibson, "Rupert Brooke"
de la Mare, "The Scribe"; "The Ghost"; "The Fool Rings His Bells"
Asquith, "The Volunteer"

Bonus: An Indisputably Wonderful Poem

Edward Thomas [not in the anthologies but usually called a Georgian poet], "The Owl"; see Poems, p. 12 (Google Books image of 1917 New York edition published by Henry Holt).