The Book of Modern British Verse

The Book of Modern British Verse, edited by William Stanley Braithwaite (1878-1962).
This anthology, first published in 1919, is very much a record of its time. Many of the poems deal with the cataclysmic trauma of World War One and the emergence of a new world order after the fading of the Edwardian era. Among the authors of the 151 poems can be found the names of Rupert Brooke and Ivor Gurney, best known as war poets. As well as poets like Edward Thomas, whose stars have somewhat faded, there are also contributors who are still celebrated today, but largely for literary pursuits other than poetry, ranging from James Joyce to the mystic philosopher Evelyn Underhill.
In the words of the anthologist: “This little collection is intended to present to American readers the character of contemporary British verse. The period has now definitely assumed the name of ‘Georgian’. It began with John Masefield and has grown into the newer blossoming of Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves, and Robert Nichols.”
The poets whose work is represented in this anthology are, in order of appearance:
Ralph Hodgson, Willoughby Weaving, John Freeman, Osbert Sitwell, Seosamh MacCathmhaoil (Joseph Campbell), John Drinkwater, TW Earp, William H. Davies, Fredegond Shove, Harold Monro, Ford Madox Hueffer, Richard Middleton, Thomas MacDonagh, William H. Davies, Lucy Lyttelton, Gordon Bottomley, Francis Ledwidge, Hester Sainsbury, Elizabeth Rendall, Gerald Gould, Hilaire Belloc, George Rostrevor, J.Turner, Edward Thomas, Rupert Brooke, Aldous Huxley, James Joyce, Richard Aldington, May Doney, James C. Welsh, John Masefield, Bernard Gilbert, Padraic Colum, Iris Tree, Lascelles Abercrombie, Anna Wickham, James Elroy Flecker, Walter de la Mare, Viola Taylor, Robert Graves, Sherard Vines, Sacheverell Sitwell, James Stephens, Edith Sitwell, Cicely Fox Smith, Eva Gore-Booth, Evelyn Underhill, Winifred M. Letts, Wilfrid Wilson Gibson, Ivor Gurney, FS Flint, Herbert Trench, Julian Grenfell, Robert Nichols, Lord Dunsany, Lucy Hawkins, Charles Hamilton Sorley, Leslie Coulson, Irene Rutherford McLeod, JC Squire, Max Plowman, John McCrae, Rose Macaulay, GK Chesterton, Gwen Upcott, Joseph Mary Plunkett, Dorothy L. Sayers, DH Lawrence, Charles Williams and Theodore Maynard.

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