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Truth of Poetry

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What kind of truth does modern poetry offer? Michael Hamburger's approach to this question ranges over European and American poetry since Baudelaire and the result is one of the best introductions available to twentieth-century poetry and its antecedents. Stressing the tensions and conflicts in and behind the work of almost every major poet of the period, Hamburger's non-p ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Carcanet Press Ltd. (first published March 1st 1971)
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Eric
May 16, 2012 Eric added it
I need another history of modern poetry like I need a hole in the head -- but the cover art of the 1960s Penguin paperback I found is one of Baudelaire's self-portraits:

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Lysergius
Aug 06, 2011 Lysergius rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An essential book for anyone trying to understand the forces that have shaped modern poetry. Michael Hamburger is himself a poet and translator of other poets.
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Sep 16, 2012 Pippa rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry
A long plod for very little of interest to me. A lot of the quoted poetry was very beautiful though.
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