Edwardian Poets: Tennyson to Yeats Edited by W.H. Auden and Norman Holmes Pearson, published by The Viking Press, first published in 1950, this copy is the eighth printing of 1966. The cover has some shelf wear and a closed tear and crease along the top edge. Inside, the binding is tight and the pages are clean. This is a reader's copy.
This fifth volume of Poets of the English Language brings together the most representative poets of two latter-day group. In style and craftsmanship the poetry of the last half of the nineteenth century and the first part of the twentieth extended, developed, and refined the discoveries of the early Romantics. The period is incomparably rich in variety of stanzas, newly contrived or revived from the past, and in metrical invention, from classical meters to sprung rhythm to dithyrambic free verse; it is also rich in individual styles, such as the Tennyson idyll, the Browning dramatic monologue, the Patmore ode. Individual freedom and variety indeed signalize this poetic era, and open the way for the even more experimental freedoms of contemporary poetry.