The development of Anglo-American poetry over the twentieth century is portrayed in this Rare Books exhibition, starting with the Modernist movement led by British poets Ezra Pound and TS Eliot. A second wave of American modernists followed in the 1930s. Modernism later greatly influenced the post-War Beat poets like Ginsberg. At the same time, other poets were more attracted towards European avant garde modes of composition, including John Ashbery. Meanwhile a more traditional approach to poetry was maintained by early twentieth century luminaries W.B. Yeats and Thomas Hardy; their influence continued through World War One and later through the century when a more direct and/or traditional style was required.
The exhibition can be seen from 14 June - 27 September 2013 at the Rare Books Exhibition space, Level 1, ISB wing, Sir Louis Matheson Library, Clayton campus, Monash University.