Lofty anachronism

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June 1994, no. 161

The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Poetry in English edited by Ian Hamilton

OUP, $59

Lofty anachronism

by
June 1994, no. 161

As a preliminary I must say, frankly, that I am hardly interested in canonised literary culture. And having known for a long time that it is absurd to criticise the conventional literary establishment and then expect its attention or affection, I can also say that canonical inclusion has never been a personal aspiration. However, I am alert to the ramifications of the processes of historicisation. I don’t want to sound high-falutin’ but I’ll begin with Nietzsche who began his enquiry into the value of history with a gem from Goethe: ‘In any case I hate everything that merely instructs me without augmenting or directly invigorating my activity.’

Pam Brown reviews 'The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Poetry in English' edited by Ian Hamilton

The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Poetry in English

edited by Ian Hamilton

OUP, $59

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