Summer 1981 • Vol. III No. 3 Contemporary English and Irish PoetryJuly 1, 1981 |

The Time and the Place

I Did George Steiner invite me to guide Kenyon readers around some contemporary British poets because I am a publisher (of, among others, Sisson and—of those I recommend here—Donald Davie, Jeremy Hooker, Robert Wells, Jeffrey Wainwright, and Alison Brackenbury)? Or because I am a magazine editor, a one-time poet, a critic, an anthologist? Whatever his reason, he knew the risk involved. He and I differ in our views of the salient features in the landscape—I should say "landscape," since it's a word he might be reluctant to endorse. The writers I recommend are "provincial" in the strict sense. This reflects a condition of the better post-war British poets: a degree of isolation. The prototype may be Thomas Hardy: many turn a reverent eye on him. These writers are not part of a local "scene"; their singleness is an aspect of the "scene" at large—diverse, particular. There is a remote analogy with the situation that prevailed in the late eighteenth century. Somerset, Cumb

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