The English Line

Poetry of the Unpoetic from Wordsworth to Larkin

  • Authors
  • John Powell Ward

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. John Powell Ward
      Pages 1-21
  3. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. John Powell Ward
      Pages 25-33
    3. John Powell Ward
      Pages 34-51
    4. John Powell Ward
      Pages 52-60
  4. Part II

  5. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. John Powell Ward
      Pages 103-125
    3. John Powell Ward
      Pages 126-142
    4. John Powell Ward
      Pages 143-158
  6. Part IV

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 159-159
    2. John Powell Ward
      Pages 161-175
    3. John Powell Ward
      Pages 176-187
    4. John Powell Ward
      Pages 188-196
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 197-217

About this book


This book is a survey of a main strand in English poetry over the last two hundred years. This strand is characterized by ordinary everyday language, a meditative and somewhat melancholic tone, and settings in landscape and nature. Some of the main poets treated are Wordsworth, Tennyson, Arnold, Hardy, Frost, Edward Thomas, Housman, Macneice and Larkin. Some of the most important questions that arise are: why these features go together; why the line is essentially male; how far recent theoretical criticism is applicable to such poetry; and why some of the important poets are not English.


Bronte poetry Tennyson Thomas Hardy Wordsworth

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Macmillan Publishers Limited 1991
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • Print ISBN 978-0-333-47169-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-349-21481-5
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