Criticism and New Writing in English

Margery Palmer McCulloch

in Scottish Modernism and its Contexts 1918-1959

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780748634743
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651900 | DOI:
Criticism and New Writing in English

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This chapter examines the early poetry and criticism of Edwin Muir, which is characterised by a particular time theme that is an artistic trope and a daily preoccupation of the early twentieth century. It looks at the influence of the English Romantics and German Romanticism, and describes the problems Muir encountered while writing his early poetry. The chapter also describes Muir as a reluctant modernist, which is evident in his early poetry and critical struggles with a particular kind of modern writing.

Keywords: early poetry; criticism; Edwin Muir; artistic trope; time theme; English Romantics; German Romanticism; reluctant modernist; modern writing

Chapter.  8102 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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