Michael Roberts: New Signatures (1679 words)


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New Signatures: Poems by Several Hands (1932) is an anthology of verse by nine younger poets then still in their twenties, under the editorship of the poet-critic Michael Roberts. Its significance is that it appeared to announce both the arrival of a new poetic generation, one that came to be known as “Thirties Poets”, and the predominance within it of the values and styles of the “Auden group”. It was the first anthology in which poems by W. H. Auden, C. Day Lewis and Stephen Spender appear together, the latter two represented by seven poems each, Auden by only three. However, New Signatures is less momentous than its reputation in literary history might suggest: a slim volume containing only …

Citation: Baldick, Chris. "New Signatures". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 March 2020 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=39065, accessed 17 May 2021.]

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