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What are the major points about British poets writing in the 1950s?

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What are the major points about British poets writing in the 1950s?

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Karen P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted June 20, 2010 at 8:57 AM (Answer #1)

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There were three major schools of British poets writing in the 1950s. The most prominent school was called "The Movement" and was represented by such poets as Kingsley Amis, Elizabeth Jennings, and Philip Larkin. The major defining characteristics of The Movement poets were that they rejected extremes and excesses in the use of literary (poetic) devices and themes, such as those favored by the 1940s war poets. They embraced a more subjective thematic turn, such as demonstrated by Philip Larkin.

The poets who gathered under the name "The Group" took a more serious approach to poetry and met for discussions under the leadership of Philip Hobsbaum. The third school called itself "Extremist Art" and was styled after the highly subjective and extremely symbolic poetry of Sylvia Plath. None of these schools, or movements, lasted very long because poets changed their perspective or became involved in other movements.

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