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by Louis Untermeyer

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  • ISBN 0155601504
  • ISBN13 978-0155601505
  • Language English
  • Author Louis Untermeyer
  • Publisher Harcourt College Pub (June 1, 1962)
  • Pages 548
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  • Category Fiction
  • Subcategory Poetry
  • Size ePub 1651 kb
  • Size Fb2 1999 kb
  • Rating: 4.9
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An anthology with critical reappraisals of the major British poets of the 20th Century



Modern British Poetry book.

He was appointed the fourteenth Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1961

He was appointed the fourteenth Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1961. Untermeyer was born in New York City, the son of a German-Jewish jewelry manufacturer. He initially joined his father's firm as a designer, rising to the rank of vice president, before resigning from the firm in 1923 to devote himself to literary pursuits. He was, for the most part, self-educated.

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The son of an established New York jeweler, Untermeyer’s interest in poetry led to friendships with poets from three generations, including many of the century’s major writers. His tastes were eclectic. In the Washington Post, Martin Weil related that Untermeyer once described himself as ‘a bone collector’ with ‘the mind of a magpie.

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Untermeyer was born in New York City. He married Jean Starr Untermeyer in 1906. Their son Richard was born in 1907 and died under uncertain circumstances in 1927. After a 1926 divorce, they were reunited in 1929, after which they adopted 2 sons, Laurence and Joseph.

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This is an anthology of 183 poems written by 77 British authors. Given the title, “Modern British Poetry,” the first thing that should be stated is that the original work came out around 1920, and so the bulk of these poems are from the 19th century. That may fit perfectly with your classification of modern poetry, but if you’re looking for present-day poets, this isn’t the book you’re after.

However, the good news is that you might still find some unexpected treasures. Often collections of public domain poetry like this gather poems that are ubiquitous and which are probably already on the shelves of most poetry readers in various collections and anthologies. But of the almost 80 poets included, only a handful will be household names for a general reader—particularly if you aren’t from the UK and thus didn’t get exposed to the more obscure British poets. Of course, there are a number who have stood the test of time: Thomas Hardy, Robert Louis Stevenson, Oscar Wilde, A.E. Housman, William Butler Yeats, Rudyard Kipling, G.K. Chesterton, Alfred Noyes, D.H. Lawrence, Edith Sitwell, and Robert Graves spring to mind. Furthermore, the poems chosen aren’t a straightforward “greatest hits” list. (e.g. “If” isn’t among the four Rudyard Kipling entries.)

As one might expect of a 230 page anthology that contains 183 poems (plus author bios and the occasional footnote), the poems selected are brief. In a few cases, excerpts from longer works are included, but for the most part these are poems that fit comfortably on a single page. This is great for someone trying to get a feel for the various poets and for those who enjoy more compact works over epic poems—which, if we’re being honest, is most of us.

The anthologist, Louis Untermeyer, includes brief bios for each of the poets in front of their entries in the anthology. Generally, each included poet has between one and four poems. While the poems are organized by poet, the poets seem to be organized chronologically (at least as near as I can tell; it begins with Thomas Hardy [1840 – 1928] and ends with Robert Graves [1895 – 1985.])

I read a Kindle version of this work and found it to be far better organized than most of these public domain compilations. It not only had an index that would take one to individual poems or poet bios, but it also contained a hyperlinked index. Unfortunately, I obtained the book some time ago and I couldn’t find the same edition when I looked for it while doing the review. Most of the Kindle editions now seem to bundle Untermeyer’s “Modern American Poetry” with his “Modern British Poetry” but the edition I had was just the British poets.

I recommend this book for poetry readers. In addition to having some exemplary short form poetry from both well-known and forgotten poets, it happens to contain the first poem I ever memorized in it—a powerful little poem by John McCrae entitled “In Flanders Fields” (if you don’t know it, read it; it’s war poetry at its finest.)
This Kindle freebie is based on the 1920 edition of "Modern British Poetry", which was edited and introduced by Louis Untermeyer. While American poetry books of that period celebrated the fact that they were not edited by any one person, and were not intended to make any particular point or establish any particular tradition or approach to poetry, (See, American Poetry, 1922 A Miscellany), this collection of British poetry was put together with a great deal of attitude and in order to make some very specific points.

"Modern" in this book and among critics generally, refers to work done after 1885. Before that was the "Victorian"era and the Introductory to this book goes to great lengths to declare that the Victorian era was arrid, sterile, phony, parochial, false, cowardly, smug, tawdry, placid, pious, cheap and showy. And that's in the first three paragraphs of the article. After 1885, we have a group championing aesthetic freedom, led by Oscar Wilde and the cry of "Art for Art's Sake". After a period of extravagant accomplishment we pause to allow Masefield and Kipling and the like onto the stage, before regrouping as the younger men, (Stephens, Hodgson, de la Mare, Davies, Chesterton, D.H. Lawrence), calling themselves "The Georgians", take over. With natural subjects, individual styles and accents, and a search for truth rather than pretty falsehood, they are the "Modern" writers collected here. And of course, we have the world War I poets, Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves, and their brothers who wrote poignant and unsparing lines.

So, this is a very focused collection and one intended to make very clear what was new in Modern Poetry. The book includes such disparate voices as Thomas Hardy, Robert Bridges, Arthur O'Shaughnessy, Robert Louis Stevenson, Oscar Wilde, A.E. Housman, Arthur Symons, Yeats, Kipling, Belloc, and many others.

This is a Kindle freebie. There is no Table of Contents but there is an active index, alphabetical by author, at the end. The book was formatted perfectly well for my Kindle Touch, so I had no readability or functionality issues.

Bottom line - this is a fine selection of works balanced between authors you probably recognize and authors who really didn't make it out of the 20's but should still be read. This is not a best-of or best-loved collection but more of a display of current work in progress, which makes it very specific to 1920, but sort of fun as a result of that. I thought it was one of my better freebie finds.
Poetry is what it is. Still good. In very simple terms: the compilation/gathering/putting together of the poetry was HORRID. How could this possibly gotten by any kind of a review board/committee/proofreaders. The , sorry Amazon but don’t you look at the stuff you sell?
I really enjoy poetry. While I am no expert with a massive catalog of mesmerized verse (I basically am just on a continuous search for new joyful or heroic pieces), there is nothing quite like sitting down to a new collection or revisiting some of my favorites. With this approach in mind, Modern British Poetry was not only a good collection of some of my favorite poets, but a great learning tool.

Being published back in 1920, the poetry is anything but modern by current standards, but serves as a wonderful introduction to some of the most famous works of some of the most famous poets of its time. I enjoyed a most of the poems, but what really sets this book apart is the series of short essays that accompanies each poet. These essays give background information and helps round out what you were reading, especially since the poems were collected at or near the height of the poet's fame. Modern British Poetry got me back in touch with some of my favorite poets and introduced me many new one.
I was afraid the book was not indexed, and would be hard to search, but there is a great functional index at the END of the book. A good compilation and fun to browse if you are a poetry lover like me.
This selection of poetry published circa 1920, while nearing 100 years old, still is a great introduction to inspirations of the authors of the 20 century. Considering the time, Untermeyer showcased some of the important women poets of the time (post-Victorian).