English 610: Summer 1995
Modern British Poetry
Instructor: Seamus Cooney
Sample student paper:
- Gladys Cardiff on Hardy's "The Darkling Thrush"
Other relevant materials:
- Philip Larkin on reading poems aloud.
- Extracts from an interview with Geoffrey Hill and a list of critical sources.
- Extracts from Harold Bloom's introduction to Hill's poems
- Jon Silkin on Geoffrey Hill's "September Song".
- Pieter de Hooch's "Courtyards in Delft" (1658) together with Derek Mahon's poem on it.
- Auden's "Musee des Beaux Arts" together with the Breughel painting it refers to. (Click on the painting to see it in more detail.)
- Two Auden poems available at the CMU English Server
- Wilfred Owen's "Dulce et Decorum Est" posted in a page about the tourist attractions of Shropshire!.
- There's an interesting section of War Poetry at the bottom of a long page of links to other poetry sources, called Poems Poetry Poets.
- Of general interest as a resource for texts of poems, I've just discovered a large scholarly anthology of Representative Poetry from the University of Toronto.
- I'm adding here the poems of the 1950s that I have also posted in Confer. Poems from New Lines.
It does us no harm to remember that literature in English is not isolated from literature in other languages. Writers, especially, might consider the argument that no one can know their native language without also knowing something of another language. With that in mind, I offer a few links.
- If you'd like to see a portion of the French poem that Larkin was working from in his "Femmes Damnées" (CP, 270), click here on Baudelaire.
- Professor Callan referred to this famous poem by Rimbaud, "Le Bateau Ivre", "The Drunken Boat."
Last updated: August 27, 1995