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Scanning the Century : The Penguin Book of the Twentieth Century in Poetry

Peter Forbes, editor

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ISBN 10: 0670880116 / ISBN 13: 9780670880119
Verlag: Penguin Books London, United Kingdom, 1999
Zustand: Fine Hardcover
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Titel: Scanning the Century : The Penguin Book of ...

Verlag: Penguin Books London, United Kingdom

Erscheinungsdatum: 1999

Einband: Hardcover


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As this anthology demonstrates, the poetry of the last hundred years has been both a mirror and a gloss to the age. Drawing on poetry written in English and in translation, Peter Forbes's aim has been to capture this century's flavour 'with something like the tang of newsreel and the zest of popular song'. There are thirty-nine sections, which run the gamut of moods from the deadly serious to the playful: from 'Omens' (Cavafy, Hardy, Kipling) to 'The Jazz Age' (Mayakovsky, Eliot, Langston Hughes), from 'The Holocaust' (Auden, Rumens, Milosz) to 'The Sixties' (Edwin Morgan, Bob Dylan, Lennon and McCartney), from 'Work' (Craig Raine, Wendy Cope, Simon Armitage), to 'Love and Sex' (Larkin, Fleur Adcock, Thom Gunn). W. H. Auden and Louis MacNeice are the presiding spirits of the book, but there is plenty of room too for completely different voices, whether the surrealism of Apollinaire, the beat of Allen Ginsberg, the lamentations of Paul Celan or the gentle wistfulness of John Betjeman.

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Editor Forbes divides his anthology into 39 sections, arranged both chronologically and by subject, with such headings as "Omens: 1900-1914," "Strange Fruit: Civil Rights 1930s-1968," and "Workout in Reality Gym: The Eighties & Nineties." In his introduction, Forbes notes that he does not (and could not) include writers from all parts of the globe-instead he focuses upon events that have been global in consequence (such as the world wars, advances in science and technology, and decolonization) and arranges his selections in connection to them. A timeline of events and their corresponding poems is included as an appendix. While over 100 translations appear, the majority of poets represented herein hail from Britain and the US. Forbes nonetheless has done an admirable job of being "inclusive" without pandering to the masses, and we are offered a generous sampling of contemporary British poets with whom most American readers are not likely to be familiar. While better-known poets such as W.H. Auden and Louis MacNeice have the most entries (eight apiece), most others are allotted only one work (or excerpt), making it difficult to get a sense of the poets' work beyond what is given. Still, this is not meant to be an anthology of poets, but of poems, some of which have been included because they are topical, not because they are aesthetically important-but inferior poems are the exception here, not the rule.An entertaining anthology of value both artistically and historically. -- Copyright © 2000 Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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