Monthly Archives: January 2003

Peter McDonald: Serious Poetry: Form and Authority from Yeats to Hill

In contemporary British literary culture, Peter McDonald contends, seriousness has become problematic: ‘First of all, there is more than a smack of the humourless about it, a suspicion of dour intensity and prim high-mindedness: serious poetry, in this light, is something read by desiccated intellectuals in cold houses without television, and sits on their shelves along with volumes of F.R. Leavis and Raymond Williams’. More