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Poetics Of Utopia, The: Shadows Of Futurity In Yeats And Auden

Poetics Of Utopia, The: Shadows Of Futurity In Yeats And Auden

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Focusing on the work of two of the 20th-century's most politically engaged poets - W. B. Yeats and W. H. Auden - this book unpacks how they directly confront the concept of “utopia,” how they engage with utopia as a literary genre, and how their work conceives of poetry as a utopian artform capable of uniquely embodying our social aspirations. Despite consistently projecting visions of more ideal futures through both its subject matter and its form, poetry is not often counted among the annals of utopian literature. Through an examination of these two great writers' poems, essays, reviews, and other writings, with a focus on many of their best-known poems, this book highlights both the pervasive presence of a utopian impulse in their work and the importance of their contributions to discussions of utopia's meaning and relevance in both their own politically fraught era and ours.


  • | Author: Stewart Cole
  • | Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • | Publication Date: May 18, 2023
  • | Number of Pages: 228 pages
  • | Language: English
  • | Binding: Hardcover
  • | ISBN-10: 1350293857
  • | ISBN-13: 9781350293854
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