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With the Grain: Essays on Thomas Hardy and British Poetry

Donald Davie

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ISBN: 978 1 857543 94 0
Imprint: Lives and Letters
Published: October 1998
140 x 216 x 20 mm
288 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • In Thomas Hardy and British Poetry (1972) Donald David identified how deep and durable a mark the Dorset poet left on the English sensibility. Hardy's formal approach and his distinctive tonalities have – for better or worse – affected the choices of form, the kinds of irony and the contingencies that circumscribe English poetry. How the example of Hardy deflected the enabling force of Modernism is a fascinating theme.

    Donald Davie returns to Hardy and his legacy in several major essays. The poet and critic Clive Wilmer presents Thomas Hardy and British Poetry along with writings which clarify the nature of Hardy's poetry and its impact, and explore some of the ways in which British writers have extended and eluded the potent ghost of Hardy's influence.

    Born in Barnsley in 1922, Donald Davie served in the Navy and studied at Cambridge, becoming Professor of English at Essex, and later at Stanford and Vanderbilt. In 1988 he returned to England where he died in 1995. Carcanet's uniform Collected Works of Donald Davie includes Collected Poems (1990), Under Briggflatts ... read more
    'In his criticism, he has drawn a map of modernism, starting with Hardy and Pound, that remains one of the definitive outlines of twentieth-century experiment in form and language.'
    Helen Vendler
    Praise for Donald Davie 'He has drawn a map of modernism, starting with Hardy and Pound, that remains one of the definitive outlines of twentieth-century experiment in form and language. The mapmaker, in this case,is a notable locus on the map.'
    Helen Vendler
    `These poems thrive on the restless energy that drives their author on from form to form and place to place. Few poets are more likely than Davie to persuade new readers that poetry can still be a matter of concern and pleasure.'
    Martin Dodsworth, The Guardian
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