The Poetry of Clare, Hopkins, Thomas, and Gurney
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Andrew Hodgson’s beautifully-written study of Clare, Hopkins, Edward Thomas, and Gurney traces in the textures of their verse idiosyncrasies which announce the poet’s selfhood, while also trying for a rapprochement with the common tongue.
– Vidyan Ravinthiran, Associate Professor of English Literature, Harvard University, USA
This book attends to four poets – John Clare, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Edward Thomas, and Ivor Gurney – whose poems are remarkable for their personal directness and distinctiveness. It shows how their writing conveys a potently individual quality of feeling, perception, and experience: each poet responds with unusual commitment to the Romantic idea of art as personal expression. The book looks closely at the vitality and intricacy of the poets’ language, the personal candour of their subject matter, and their sense, obdurate but persuasive, of their own strangeness. As it traces the tact and imagination with which each of the four writers realises the possibilities of individualism in lyric, it affirms the vibrancy of their contributions to nineteenth and twentieth-century poetry.
Andrew Hodgson is Lecturer in Romanticism at the Department of English Literature, University of Birmingham, UK.