20th century poetry: Britain and America

Virtual exhibition

All items included are from the Rare Books Collection, Monash University Library

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John Ashbery's Some trees (1956) -

Introduction

The development of Anglo-American poetry over the twentieth century is portrayed in this Rare Books exhibition, starting with the Modernist movement led by British poets Ezra Pound and TS Eliot. A second wave of American modernists followed in the 1930s. Modernism later greatly influenced the post-War Beat poets like Ginsberg. At the same time, other poets were more attracted towards European avant garde modes of composition, including John Ashbery. Meanwhile a more traditional approach to poetry was maintained by early twentieth century luminaries W.B. Yeats and Thomas Hardy; their influence continued through World War One and later through the century when a more direct and/or traditional style was required.

Dip into this online exhibition to discover the variety and controversies of Anglo-American poetry during the twentieth century or read Dr John Hawke's introduction .

The exhibition can be seen from 14 June - 27 September 2013 at the Rare Books Exhibition space, Level 1, ISB wing, Sir Louis Matheson Library, Clayton campus, Monash University.