Author(s): Fiona Sampson
Today's British poetry is flourishing and hugely diverse. This is exciting but it's also confusing, and throws up the need for an enthusiastic, authoritative guide that can differentiate and celebrate the many parallel poetry projects now underway. "Beyond the Lyric" aims to do just that. It is a book of enthusiasms: an intelligent and wittily presented map of contemporary British poetry today. Today's field is vibrant and innovative and diverse, and Fiona Sampson provides a radical and accessible guide to living British poets, grouped for the first time according to the kind of poetry they write. In a series of groundbreaking new classifications, beginning with the bread-and-butter diction of "The Plain Dealers" and ending on the capacious generosity of "The Exploded Lyric", it examines the broad range of contemporary tendencies - from the baroque swagger of the Dandies to the restrained elegance of the Oxford Elegists; the layered, haunting verse of Mythopoesis to the inventive explorations of the New Formalists.
By probing the cultural context from which these groups emerge and dramatically shifting the critical focus back to the poems themselves, Sampson's astute analysis illuminates, clarifies and demystifies each of these terms and asks the big questions about what makes a poem. Lively, engaging and inviting, this is the indispensible and authoritative guide for anyone who's ever wondered what's going on in British poetry today.
As groundbreaking as F.R. Leavis's New Bearings in English Poetry, this critical "book of enthusiasms" maps the state of contemporary British poetry
Fiona Sampson's most recent books include a new edition of Percy Bysshe Shelley (2011, Poetry Book Society Book Club Choice). She is published in more than thirty languages, and her eleven books in translation including Patuvachki Dnevnik, awarded the Zlaten Prsten (Macedonia, 2004). She has also received a Cholmondeley Award and is a Fellow and Council Member of the Royal Society of Literature. She has received the Newdigate Prize, Writer's Awards from the Arts Councils of England and of Wales and from the Society of Authors, and been shortlisted twice for both the T.S. Eliot Prize and Forward prizes.Fiona Sampson works as a translator and editor (her A Century of Poetry Review was a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation) and contributes regularly to The Guardian, The Irish Times, The Sunday Times, The Independent and the TLS. She is currently Distinguished Writer at the University of Kingston and Visiting Research Fellow at the School of Advanced Study, University of London.