20th Century Poetry from Thomas hardy to Seamus Heaney (20. századi költészet Thomas Hardytól Seamus Heaney-ig) in spring 2015
Ferencz Győző, Wed 13:00–14:30, R443, host: DES (R338)
4-credit seminar, 30 h/term; strong prereq: FLI11-101
description & set texts
The course concerns the poetry of six paradigmatic 20th century poets. Week after week we shall read and comment on their poems.


11, 18 February – Thomas Hardy

25 February, 4 March – T. S. Eliot

11, 18 March – W. H. Auden

25 March – Dylan Thomas


8 April – Dylan Thomas

15, 22 April – Philip Larkin

29 April – Ted Hughes

6 May—Seamus Heaney

13 May—Recapitulation adn Grading



A Broken Appointment; The Darkling Thrush; Moments of Vision; The Enemy’s Portrait; The Shadow on the Stone, In Time of ‘The Breaking of Nations; Afterwards; The Whitewashed Wall, Snow in the Suburb; Her Second Husband Hears Her Story; We Are Getting to the End; He Resolves to Say No More

2. T. S. ELIOT

The Waste Land

3. W. H. AUDEN

As I Walked Out One Evening; Musée des Beaux Arts; In Memory of W. B. Yeats; In Memory of Sigmund Freud; In Praise of Limestone; The Shield of Achilles


Before I Knocked; If I Were Tickled by the Rub of Love; And Death Shall Have No Dominion; Fern Hill; Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night


Maiden Name; Church Going; I Remember, I Remember, Mr Bleaney; Dockery and Son; The Whitsun Weddings, The Trees; High Windows; Sad Steps


Lineage; Examination at the Womb-door; A Childish Prank; Crow’s First Lesson; Crow’s Theology


Strange Fruit



Ellmann, Richard and O’Clair, Robert, eds.: The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry. New York and London: W. W. Norton, 1988

Hardy, Thomas: The Complete Poems. London: Macmillan, 1976

Eliot, T. S.: Collected Poems 1909-1962. London: Faber and Faber, 1963

Eliot, T. S.: ‘Tradition and the Individual Talent.’ In: Eliot, T. S.: Selected Prose. London: Faber and Faber, 1975, pp 37-44

Eliot, T. S.: ‘Hamlet.’ In: Eliot, T. S.: Selected Prose. London: Faber and Faber, 1975, pp 45-49

W. H. Auden: Collected Poems. New York: Vintage International, 1991

Dylan Thomas: Collected Poems 1934-1953. London: Everyman’s Library, 1988

Larkin, Philip: Collected Poems. London: The Marvell Press and Faber and Faber, 2003

Hughes, Ted: Crow: From the Life and Songs of Crow. Faber and Faber, 1970, 1972

Hughes, Ted: New Selected Poems, 1957-1994. London: Faber and Faber, 1995

Heaney, Seamus: Opened Ground: Selected Poems 1966-1996, London: Faber and Faber,1998



Childs, Peter: The Twentieth Century in Poetry. London and New York: Routledge, 1999 (relevant chapters)

Corcoran, Neil, ed.: The Cambridge Companion to Twentieth Century English Poetry. Cambridge University Press, 20058 (relevant chapters)

King, P. R.: Nine Contemporary Poets. London: Methuen, 1979 (relevant chapters)

Perkins, David: A History of Modern Poetry. Modernism and After. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1987 (relevant chapters)

Roberts, Neil, ed.: A Companion to Twentieth-Century Poetry. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2001 (relevant chapters)


Gibson, James and Johnson, Trevor: Thomas Hardy: Poems. London: Macmillan, 1979

Moody. A. David, ed.: A Cambridge Companion to T. S. Eliot. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994

Smith, Stan, ed.: The Cambridge Companion to W. H. Auden. Cambridge University Press, 2005

Ackerman, John: Dylan Thomas. His Life and Work. Third Edition. London: Macmillan, 1996

Lerner, Lawrence: Philip Larkin. Plymouth: Northcote House, 1997

Dyson, A. E., ed.: Three Contemporary Poets. Thom Gunn, Ted Hughes and R. S. Thomas. London: Macmillan, 1990, pp 101-196

Corcoran, Neil: The Poetry of Seamus Heaney: A Critical Study. London: Faber and Faber, 1998

O’Donoghue, Bernard: The Cambridge Companion to Seamus Heaney. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008

requirements & assessment

Students will be assigned several minor oral contributions (brief summaries of essays and scholarly papers) and to write a research paper (appr. 12.000 n). Topics will be discussed individually.