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Georgian Poetry


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A series of five volumes of verse planned by R. Brooke, H. Monro, and E. Marsh which appeared between 1912 and 1922, edited by Marsh and published by Monro at the Poetry Bookshop. The early volumes brought a fresh vision and manner into the tired poetry of the time. Writers represented in the first volume included Brooke, W. H. Davies, Masefield, D. H. Lawrence, de la Mare, Abercrombie, Bottomley, and Drinkwater. Later volumes contained the work of Blunden, R. Hodgson, Sassoon, Robert Graves, and Rosenberg. The poems of quality were fewer in the volumes of 1919 and 1922; several poets (including Graves, Sassoon, and Blunden) objected to being identified as ‘Georgian’, in the company of J. C. Squire, Baring, and other traditionalists; and the term acquired a pejorative sense. Pound, T. S. Eliot, and the Sitwells attacked the entire series, though about half of the poets represented are now of high repute.

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