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Women's Poetry of the 1930s : A Critical Anthology - Jane Dowson

Women's Poetry of the 1930s

A Critical Anthology

By: Jane Dowson (Editor)

Paperback Published: 30th November 1995
ISBN: 9780415130967
Number Of Pages: 214

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"Women's Poetry of the 1930s" is a comprehensive and beautifully edited collection of poems. While much has been written about the so-called "Auden generation," very little attention has been paid to women's poetry from this era of rapidly changing gender roles, social values and world politics. Jane Dowson redresses the balance by gathering together richly varied poems by such women as Valentine Ackland, Stevie Smith, Anne Ridler, E.J. Scovell, Edith Sitwell, and Sylvia Townsend Warner. Many of the poems included were previously out-of-print, uncollected or simply neglected.
"Women's Poetry of the 1930s" provides an essential framework to the poems with an extensive critical introduction and individual biographies of each poet. This unique anthology sheds new light on women's place in this era of literary history and demands a reassessment of our understanding of twentieth-century poetry.

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"This is not just a fascinating collection of poems, but a literate and well-informed anthology with a good sense of both literary history and feminist issues." -Alison Light, University of London

Introductionp. 1
Valentine Ackland 1906-1969p. 29
Communist Poem, 1935p. 32
Winterp. 32
Instructions from England 1936p. 33
Poemp. 33
'Whether a dove or a seagull lighted there'p. 33
'When I have said "I love you"'p. 34
Overnightp. 34
'What must we do if we cannot do this-'p. 35
'The eyes of body'p. 35
'Blossom, my darling, blossom, be a rose-'p. 35
The Lonely Womanp. 36
Fanny Brawne's Letter Put Unopened In Keats's Coffinp. 36
Frances Bellerby 1889-1975p. 37
Lilian Bowes Lyon 1895-1949p. 39
Pastoralp. 40
Battlefieldp. 41
A Refugeep. 41
The Blind Trampp. 41
A Woman Knittingp. 42
Frances Cornford 1886-1960p. 43
Grand Balletp. 46
On August the Thirteenthp. 47
Ode on the Whole Duty of Parentsp. 47
Nursep. 48
A Peasant Womanp. 49
The Single Womanp. 49
Nancy Cunard 1896-1965p. 51
To Eat To-dayp. 53
Elizabeth Daryush 1887-1977p. 55
'Children of wealth'p. 58
Still-Lifep. 58
'You should at times go out'p. 59
'It is pleasant to hang out'p. 59
Invalid Dawnp. 59
Off Dutyp. 60
'If your loved one prove unworthy, why then'p. 60
Winifred Holtby 1898-1935p. 62
The Man Who Hated the Springp. 64
Trains in Francep. 65
Beauty the Lover's Gift?p. 66
Boats in the Bayp. 67
For the Ghost of Elinor Wyliep. 67
Resurrectionp. 68
Sylvia Lynd 1888-1952p. 69
The Solitaryp. 70
Beauty and the Beastp. 70
Naomi Mitchison b. 1897p. 73
To Some Young Communists from an Older Socialistp. 76
Thinking of Warp. 77
Hartmanswillerkopfp. 78
Tennessee Snowp. 78
The Midsummer Apple Treep. 79
The Unfertile Heartp. 80
Old Love and New Lovep. 80
Woman Alonep. 81
Dick and Colin at the Salmon Netsp. 81
Ruth Pitter 1897-1992p. 83
Digdogp. 85
Portrait of a Gentlemanp. 86
1938p. 87
Old, Childless, Husbandlessp. 88
Maternal Love Triumphantp. 89
Kathleen Raine b. 1908p. 92
Laura (Riding) Jackson 1901-1991p. 96
Anne Ridler b. 1912p. 102
Now as Thenp. 104
Prayer in a Pestilent Timep. 105
At Christmasp. 105
A Mile from Edenp. 106
The Crab is Inp. 107
Vita Sackville-West 1892-1962p. 108
Sissinghurstp. 112
Out with a Gunp. 114
To any M.F.H.p. 115
Nostalgiap. 116
September 1939p. 116
Absencep. 116
Tessp. 117
A Dreamp. 117
Spinsterp. 118
Valedictionp. 119
Extract from Solitudep. 119
E. J. Scovell b. 1907p. 122
Flowersp. 124
The City Workerp. 124
The Suicidep. 125
A Strangerp. 126
The Poor Motherp. 126
Death from Cancerp. 127
The Vain Girl Jiltedp. 127
Edith Sitwell 1887-1964p. 129
Extract from Romancep. 132
Preludep. 134
Stevie Smith 1902-1971p. 138
A Portraitp. 142
Portraitp. 142
Via Media Via Dolorosap. 143
Sterilizationp. 143
Sigh No Morep. 144
Salon d'Automnep. 144
The Ballet of the Twelve Dancing Princessesp. 145
Landreciep. 146
Revengep. 146
Two Friendsp. 147
The Wordp. 147
Marriage I Thinkp. 147
The Octopusp. 148
Sylvia Townsend Warner 1893-1978p. 149
El Heroep. 153
Port Boup. 154
Journey to Barcelonap. 155
Some Make This Answerp. 155
Song for a Street Songp. 156
Drawing You, Heavy with Sleepp. 157
Dorothy Wellesley 1889-1956p. 159
Motherp. 161
The Enemyp. 161
Aveburyp. 163
April 1939p. 164
Anna Wickham 1884-1947p. 165
The Sick Assailantp. 168
The Silent Singerp. 168
The Dilemmap. 169
Pilgrimagep. 169
The Boor's Wooingp. 169
King Alfred and the Peasant Womanp. 170
Lament of the Red Knightp. 171
Song of the Lonely Shepherdp. 171
Song of Ophelia the Survivorp. 172
The Sportsmanp. 172
Pugilistp. 173
The Happy Mathematicianp. 173
The Listenerp. 175
The Man in the Moonp. 177
Lament in Springp. 177
White Valentinep. 178
Time and Tide 1920-1976p. 181
Continuityp. 182
After the Warp. 183
Pity Wastedp. 184
Last Prayerp. 185
Woman at Homep. 186
Bibliographyp. 188
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ISBN: 9780415130967
ISBN-10: 0415130964
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 214
Published: 30th November 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1