|English Poetry from Around the World|
The poetry of McKay, specifically â€œIf We Must Die,â€ as well as the work of Larkin, Gunn, Heaney, Boland and Rushdie are all influenced by the breaking apart of the British Empire and the impact of the First World War. Each author is from a society that was part of but is now distanced from the politics and ideas of the old Empire. In the case of some of the later poets, they are also writing in the world post-World War II time period.
If the poet is talking of the world (society, their country, people, human nature, relationships, etc.), what vision does he share? How does this perspective of life differ from that of earlier British poets? Are there significant differences in the styles (voice, rhythm, imagery, metaphors, etc.) of these literary periods? If so, how do these changes help reflect an evolving perspective on British life?
To answer these questions, select at least two poets who represent each literary period that are covered in the course. So that you can build an appreciation for a wider range of British authors, do not discuss the same authors you have written about in your Final Paper.
Your initial post should be at least 500 words in length. Support your claims with examples from required material(s) or scholarly resources, and properly cite any references.