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The Influence of Shelley on Twentieth- and Twenty-First-century Poetry

Jeffrey C. Robinson

in The Oxford Handbook of Percy Bysshe Shelley

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199558360
Published online January 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199558360.013.0040

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

The Influence of Shelley on Twentieth- and Twenty-First-century Poetry

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This chapter shows how Shelley became a model for formal experimentation and playfulness in poetry among some radical twentieth- and twenty-first-century poets, whose understanding of him as a figure of an unpredictable personal and radical political life who was sensational in his death helped form their own radical poetry and poetics. It begins with brief discussions of three major precursors to this radical understanding: Yeats and Eliot, who acknowledged some of what the radical poets called on but came to very different conclusions; and in a somewhat similar vein a poet of the next generation, W. H. Auden. The discussion then turns to the work of a range of avant-garde poets.

Keywords: Percy Bysshe Shelley; English poets; Romantic poets; modern poetry; radical poetry; Yeats; Eliot; W. H. Auden

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Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (19th Century) ; Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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