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The Modern Poet: Poetry, Academia, and Knowledge since the 1750s

Robert Crawford


This book is a wide-ranging book about the poet's role throughout the last three centuries. It argues that a conception of the poets as both primitive and sophisticated emerged in the 1750s. Ever since English literary works became the focus of university studies, classroom discussion has shaped attitudes towards verse. Whether considering Ossian and the Romantics, Victorian scholar-gipsies, Modernist poetries of knowledge, or contemporary poetry in Britain, Ireland, and America, this book shows how many successive generations of poets have needed to collaborate and to battle with academia.

Keywords: poet, poetry, academia, knowledge, verse, primitive, sophisticated

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199269327
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199269327.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Crawford, author
Professor of Modern Scottish Literature, University of St Andrews.