- Title Pages
- Chapter One Beginnings: Oxford and Cambridge Poetry in the Early 1950s
- Chapter Two Violent Times: Anti-Movement Poetry in the Mid to Late 1950s
- Chapter Three In Opposite Directions: A. Alvarez and Thom Gunn
- Chapter Four Against Gentility
- Chapter Five On Being Serious
- Chapter Six Anthology-Making
- Chapter Seven First Reactions: <i>The Review</i> Debate and the Initial Response to <i>The New Poetry</i>
- Chapter Eight Sylvia Plath
- Chapter Nine Going to Extremes
- Chapter Ten ‘A Study of Suicide’
- Chapter Eleven Against Extremism
- Chapter Twelve Costing Seriousness
- Chapter Thirteen ‘I Don’t Like Dramatizing Myself’
- Chapter Fourteen Birthday Letters
- Chapter Fifteen Geoffrey Hill’s New Poetry
- Chapter Sixteen Children of <i>The New Poetry</i>
- The Alvarez Generation
- Liverpool University Press
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