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A Financial Times Book of the Year Though we might not realise it, our collective memory of the twentieth century was defined by the poets who lived and wrote in it. At every significant turning point we find them, pen in hand, fingers poised at the typewriter, ready to distil the essence of the moment, from the muddy wastes of the Western front to the vast reckoning that c A Financial Times Book of the Year Though we might not realise it, our collective memory of the twentieth century was defined by the poets who lived and wrote in it. At every significant turning point we find them, pen in hand, fingers poised at the typewriter, ready to distil the essence of the moment, from the muddy wastes of the Western front to the vast reckoning that came with the end of empire. This is the first and only history of twentieth century poetry, by the acclaimed poet, author and academic John Burnside. Bringing together poets from times and places as diverse as Tsarist Russia, 1960's America and Ireland at the height of the Troubles, The Music of Time reveals how poets engaged with and shaped the most important issues of their times - and were in their turn affected by their context and dialogue with each other. This is a major work of scholarship, that on every page bears witness to the transformative beauty and power of poetry.


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A Financial Times Book of the Year Though we might not realise it, our collective memory of the twentieth century was defined by the poets who lived and wrote in it. At every significant turning point we find them, pen in hand, fingers poised at the typewriter, ready to distil the essence of the moment, from the muddy wastes of the Western front to the vast reckoning that c A Financial Times Book of the Year Though we might not realise it, our collective memory of the twentieth century was defined by the poets who lived and wrote in it. At every significant turning point we find them, pen in hand, fingers poised at the typewriter, ready to distil the essence of the moment, from the muddy wastes of the Western front to the vast reckoning that came with the end of empire. This is the first and only history of twentieth century poetry, by the acclaimed poet, author and academic John Burnside. Bringing together poets from times and places as diverse as Tsarist Russia, 1960's America and Ireland at the height of the Troubles, The Music of Time reveals how poets engaged with and shaped the most important issues of their times - and were in their turn affected by their context and dialogue with each other. This is a major work of scholarship, that on every page bears witness to the transformative beauty and power of poetry.

43 review for The Music of Time: Poetry in the Twentieth Century

  1. 5 out of 5

    Yashoda Sampath

    Framed as a memoir, The Music of Time is a great account of how poetry has shaped and influenced everything in the 20th century, from politics to revolution to philosophy to natural history. There’s much in this book that will stay with me forever, including a long list of revolutionary poets I’ll immediately be diving into, but the thing that I’ll keep closest is the idea that poetry is not a romantic or descriptive art, but almost scientific - great poetry illuminates what’s happening in this Framed as a memoir, The Music of Time is a great account of how poetry has shaped and influenced everything in the 20th century, from politics to revolution to philosophy to natural history. There’s much in this book that will stay with me forever, including a long list of revolutionary poets I’ll immediately be diving into, but the thing that I’ll keep closest is the idea that poetry is not a romantic or descriptive art, but almost scientific - great poetry illuminates what’s happening in this world, and gives words to what might otherwise be unknowable.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Johnson

    excellent mix of memoir with close reading of key poems - Highly recommend.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Donald Reese

    I had moments of real joy reading this book; it has some fascinating things to say about where we live and who we are and how poetry makes the connections between them real and possible. Some of it seems less . . . revelatory. But Burnside is a good and happy companion, and he pointed me to some poems that I would have missed and gave me a lot to ponder in these days of stay-at-home. Worth reading at the rate of a couple of pages a day.

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