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Beginnings: Oxford and Cambridge Poetry in the Early 1950s

Beginnings: Oxford and Cambridge Poetry in the Early 1950s

Chapter:
(p.3) Chapter One Beginnings: Oxford and Cambridge Poetry in the Early 1950s
Source:
The Alvarez Generation
Author(s):
William Wootten
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781381632.003.0001

This chapter focuses on the student poets of Oxford and Cambridge in the 1950s who rose to prominence in the early 1960s. The works of these student poets, among them A. Alvarez, Alan Brownjohn, Jenny Joseph, J. E. M. [Edward] Lucie-Smith, George Macbeth, and Anthony Thwaite, were published in Oxford Poetry, the most significant poetry publishing venture in Oxford or Cambridge in the 1950s. Oxford Poetry was established in 1952 by Michael Shanks, then President of the Oxford University Poetry Society, who linked up with the painter and printer Oscar Mellor. The pamphlets the press turned out were slim — five or six poems — but they were well produced, and they were keenly read, as was Oxford Poetry.

Keywords:   English poets, poetry, student poets, Oxford University, Cambridge University, Oxford Poetry

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