Michael Roberts: Critique of Poetry

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Optimistic, sceptical, and assertive, Michael Roberts's Critique of Poetry (1934) attempted to reconcile some of the most significant trends in British literary criticism in the 1920s and early 1930s, and to create a philosophical and ethical foundation for the future. Its eighteen self-contained but interconnected essays address questions of critical terminology, poetic innovation, and the larger purpose of literature and criticism. Though it was not published until February 1934, Critique of Poetry was completed by 1930 (according to Samuel Hynes in The Auden Generation). Roberts was trying to find a publisher for a book of this title in November 1931, and a version of the essay on

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Whitworth, Michael. "Critique of Poetry". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 May 2004
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