Booth, Martin. Travelling Through the Senses: A Study of the Poetry of George MacBeth. Isle of Skye, Scotland: Aquila, 1983. A brief assessment of MacBeth’s poetic work.
Dooley, Tim. Review of Collected Poems, 1958-1982, by George MacBeth. The Times Literary Supplement, January 26, 1990, p. 101. According to Dooley, the poems in the volume under review reveal a healthy development: “Formal scrupulousness replaces formal daring and self-examination replaces self-regard.” Dooley praises the “new tenderness” that accompanied MacBeth’s increasing attention to form.
Ries, Lawrence R. “George MacBeth.” In Poets of Great Britain and Ireland Since 1960: Part 2, M-Z, edited by Vincent B. Sherry, Jr. Vol. 40 in Dictionary of Literary Biography. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. A judicious appreciation that calls attention to MacBeth’s black humor and dexterity as a “trickster.” Some biographical facts are given, but the piece is primarily a survey of the achievements (and disappointments) of MacBeth’s poetry through Poems from Oby.
Robinson, Peter. “Keep on Keeping On: Peter Robinson Salutes Two Collections by Poets Whose Stock May Have Fallen but Who Never Gave Up.” Review of Selected Poems, by George MacBeth, and Residues, by R. S. Thomas. The Guardian, March 8, 2003, p. 25. In this review of two books of poetry, including the MacBeth collection by Anthony Thwaite, Robinson argues that MacBeth’s poetry, while uneven, does not deserve to fade from memory.
Rosenthal, Macha Louis. The New Poets: American and British Poetry Since World War II. New York: Oxford University Press, 1967. Rosenthal discusses MacBeth in the context of all English language poets in the last half of the twentieth century. MacBeth, a prolific and experimental poet, defined his times as well as being a product of them. Contains a bibliography.
Schmidt, Michael, and Grevel Lindop. British Poetry Since 1930: A Critical Survey. Oxford, England: Carcanet Press, 1972. A useful overview that places MacBeth’s poetry in context. MacBeth gave shape to the alienation of modern life by being one of the most fecund and experimental of modern poets.
Thwaite, Anthony. Twentieth-Century English Poetry: An Introduction. New York: Barnes & Noble, 1978. Discusses MacBeth as a member of the Group, with only a very brief characterization of his poetry itself but providing an overview of the twentieth century British poetry that can serve as a context for a student of MacBeth. Contains a bibliography and an index.