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This epoch-marking anthology presents a map of poetry from Britain and Ireland which readers can follow. Edna Longley shows you the key poets of the century, and through interlinking commentary points up connections between them as well as their relationship with the continuing poetic traditions of these islands.

Edna Longley draws the poetic line of the century not through culture-defining groups but through the work of the most significant poets of our time. Because her guiding principle is aesthetic precision, the poems themselves answer to their circumstances. Readers will find this book exciting and risk-taking not because her selections are surprising but because of the intensity and critical rigour of her focus, and because the poems themselves are so good.

The anthology covers the work of 70 poets in depth, including WB Yeats, Thomas Hardy, Edward Thomas, Wilfred Owen, Robert Graves, TS Eliot, Hugh MacDiarmid, Basil Bunting, WH Auden, Louis MacNeice, Patrick Kavanagh, John Hewitt, Keith Douglas, Stevie Smith, Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, Philip Larkin, Geoffrey Hill, Douglas Dunn, Tony Harrison, Derek Mahon, Seamus Heaney, Paul Muldoon, and many others.

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