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The Alvarez Generation: Thom Gunn, Geoffrey Hill, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, and Peter Porter

William Wootten


This book is the biography of a taste in poetry and its consequences. During the 1950s and 1960s, a generation of poets appeared who would eschew the restrained manner of Movement poets such as Philip Larkin, a generation who would, in the words of the introduction to A. Alvarez's classic anthology The New Poetry, take poetry ‘Beyond the Gentility Principle’. This was the generation of Thom Gunn, Geoffrey Hill, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, and Peter Porter. This book explores what these five poets shared in common, their connections, critical reception, rivalries, and differences, and locates wha ... More

Keywords: contemporary poetry, taste, Philip Larkin, Thom Gunn, Geoffrey Hill, Sylvia Plath, Peter Porter, suicide, violence, psychic unbalance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781781381632
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781381632.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Wootten, author
University of Bristol