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Faber Book of Modern Verse

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An anthology published in 1936, edited by Michael Roberts, which did much to influence taste and establish the reputations of a rising generation of poets, including Auden, MacNeice, Empson, Graves, Dylan Thomas. In his introduction, Roberts traces the influences of Clough, G. M. Hopkins (himself well represented), the French symbolists, etc. on modern poetry, defines the ‘European’ sensibility of such writers as T. S. Eliot, Pound, and Yeats, and offers a persuasive apologia for various aspects of Modernism.

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Michael Roberts (1902—1948)