The Poetry of Clare, Hopkins, Thomas, and Gurney: Lyric Individualism

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This book attends to four poets – John Clare, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Edward Thomas, and Ivor Gurney – whose poems are remarkable for their personal directness and distinctiveness. It shows how their writing conveys a potently individual quality of feeling, perception, and experience: each poet responds with unusual commitment to the Romantic idea of art as personal expression. The book looks closely at the vitality and intricacy of the poets’ language, the personal candour of their subject matter, and their sense, obdurate but persuasive, of their own strangeness. As it traces the tact and imagination with which each of the four writers realises the possibilities of individualism in lyric, it affirms the vibrancy of their contributions to nineteenth and twentieth-century poetry.


Original languageEnglish
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages337
ISBN (Electronic)9783030309718
ISBN (Print)9783030309701
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2020


  • lyric Poetry, John Clare, Ivor Gurney, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Edward Thomas, Post-romantic Poetry, Nineteenth Century lyric