Michael Roberts: The Faber Book of Modern Verse (1661 words)


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The Faber Book of Modern Verse (ed. Michael Roberts, 1936; revised 1951, 1965, 1982) was the most successful and influential anthology of modern poetry to be published in Britain in the twentieth century. It redefined the modern tendency in English-language poetry of the post-1910 period by constructing a tradition of technical innovation running from Gerard Manley Hopkins to Dylan Thomas via Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot and several poets of the emerging “Auden generation”. Transatlantic in its selections, it also introduced Wallace Stevens and a few other American poets to a British readership. Roberts’s omission of certain poets (Thomas Hardy, A. E. Housman, Rudyard Kipling, Edward Thomas, Robert Frost and Edmund …

Citation: Baldick, Chris. "The Faber Book of Modern Verse". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 March 2020 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=39064, accessed 17 May 2021.]

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