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4.0 out of 5 stars Fair-minded overview, 25 Sep 2009
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David O (Verdun, France) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Poetry Today: A Critical Guide to British Poetry 1960-1995: A Critical Guide to British Poetry, 1960-95 (Textbook Binding)
I bought the book because I wanted background on the Liverpool Poets, Henri, McGough and Patten, who were instrumental in the 1960s in making poetry probably more popular than it had ever been before. In fact Anthony Thwaite says very little about that trio, or others associated with what he originally called 'pop' poetry - an attitude apparently widespread in academic circles and among 'serious' poets. But I read the whole book, enjoyed it and found it useful. Thwaite tries very hard to find something positive to say about all the poets he discusses, and when he criticizes he does so gently; I never had the feeling he was trying to deflate or destroy anyone. He expresses his views clearly but they never sound dogmatic. I can't judge how widely held those view are, but they generally seem to make sense, and to be supported by his examples, though these are inevitably brief. Nor can I say how well justified is his choice of poets, or the way he groups three or four together to define a chapter. But as a layman, I would recommend the book to anyone interested in a direct and balanced introduction to the period, a guide to what you might like, and what you might find, in a wide range of modern poets.
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