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Helen Gardner (2) (1908–1986)

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Helen Gardner (2) has been aliased into Helen Louise Gardner.

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The Divine Poems of John Donne (1966) — Toimittaja — 38 kappaletta
Selected Essays (1976) — Esipuhe — 8 kappaletta

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Virallinen nimi
Gardner, Helen Louise
London, England, UK
Bicester, England, UK
London, England, UK
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
North London Collegiate School for Girls
Oxford University (St Hilda's College)
literary critic
Merton Professor of English Literature(1908-1986)
literary scholar
Palkinnot ja kunnianosoitukset
Order of the British Empire (Dame Commander)
Lyhyt elämäkerta
Helen Gardner was born at Finchley in London, the daughter of a journalist. She studied English language and literature at Oxford University and remained unmarried. She became a specialist in late 16th and early 17th century poets, and was appointed as University Reader in Renaissance English Literature and then Merton Professor of English Literature at Oxford University. Professor
Gardner lectured around the world including in the USA and the Middle East. Known for her dominating manner and disinterest in feminism, Helen Gardner was the author of such works as The Metaphysical Poets (1957), The Business of Criticism (1959) and In Defence of Imagination (1982). She wrote a tribute to T.S. Eliot, whose work she much admired, entitled The Art of T.S. Eliot (1949). Prof. Gardner was created DBE (Dame Commander of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II in 1967 in recognition of her contributions to literature.



I cannot comment on the poetry content because I am bad at poetry but I'll say a few things about the anthology.

The glosses provided for obscure words are too rare - this is particularly a problem with the earliest poems. The spelling has sometimes been modernised but sometimes not and it leaves some words very confusing and the whole poem near impossible to understand.

There are no meaningful notes on meaning or context and for many poems there's no comment on source. Poems aren't ever given a year of composition which makes context even harder to discern sometimes.

There's no contents or an index of poem titles - I realise this isn't always possible but it'd still be useful. There's just an index of poets and first lines. Which is useful! But sometimes you need other things too.

The book feels like it REALLY overweights earlier poets from Elizabethan times etc. There *feels* like there's fewer modern poets than you'd expect. Maybe I'm wrong on that. The entirety of the Wasteland is reproduced so that's something I guess. I dunno

I know books like these rarely have notes etc but still. It's hard for a poetry newbie to get into some of this stuff.

I didn't exactly finish but maybe read like 20%? Which I think isn't unreasonable. I find poetry hard to get into but yeah there are obviously good poems here. Not gonna rate because I can't really judge but keeping the above criticisms in mind it's probably not ideal if you're not good with poetry
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tombomp | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 31, 2023 |
A superior collection, in my mind, to the original Oxford Book of English Verse edited by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch.
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Fledgist | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Dec 26, 2006 |
Not a revision of Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch's classic selection, but a new anthology. The editor explains in her Preface why she deliberately did not include American poets, with the one exception of Ezra Pound.
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gibbon | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 29, 2005 |
If one had to say where can you find in fewer than 1,000 pages the best of English poetry, here it is. Daily Telegraph

`by far the most balanced and most wide-ranging [anthology] we have, offering superlative value to almost every taste' The Times

`Dame Helen has seen through this enormous task with affection, wit and wonderful thoroughness.' Times Literary Supplement

`Her knowledge of English poetry is both extensive and intensive; her critical standards are eminently worthy of respect...The reading public has every reason to be grateful to her.' Critical Quarterly

`The book remains a continuous and rewarding pleasure...It is a cause of wonder how easily poems of the recent past fit with those written centuries ago without jarring or disturbance.' New York Times
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antimuzak | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Sep 13, 2008 |


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