Chapter 8. Neo-Modernism and Avant-Garde Orientations

  1. Nigel Alderman Assistant Professor2 and
  2. C. D. Blanton Assistant Professor3
  1. Drew Milne Faculty

Published Online: 23 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310306.ch8

A Concise Companion to Postwar British and Irish Poetry

A Concise Companion to Postwar British and Irish Poetry

How to Cite

Milne, D. (2009) Neo-Modernism and Avant-Garde Orientations, in A Concise Companion to Postwar British and Irish Poetry (eds N. Alderman and C. D. Blanton), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310306.ch8

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Mount Holyoke College, USA

  2. 3

    University of California, Berkeley, USA

Author Information

  1. Judith E. Wilson University Lecturer, University of Cambridge, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 10 APR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405129244

Online ISBN: 9781444310306



  • avant-garde - developments in Britain and Ireland severely rationed;
  • After Schwitters' death - some of the structure was “preserved,” having been transported and resituated in the University of Newcastle's Hatton Gallery;
  • American modes - British poetry in American modes playing significant part in development of modernism in other English-language contexts;
  • as Peter Middleton puts it - “The great bulk of poetry …… maintains a poetics that belongs to a premodernist era”;
  • Andrew Crozier - remarks in A Various Art that poets are interested in a particular aspect of postwar American poetry


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Further Reading