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The Poetry of Henry Newbolt

Vanessa Furse Jackson

Publication Year: 1994

In The Poetry of Henry Newbolt, Jackson gives us a fresh look at the man, his poetry and their historical context. Her discussions of his heroic and lyric poems are framed by a close examination of the institutionalized values that lay behind Newbolt's popularity. She looks a the intimate ties between his life-code and his education.

Published by: ELT Press

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. iii-iv


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p. vii-vii

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p. viii-viii

I would like to express my very sincere thanks in America to Ellen Berry, Michael Bright, Samuel Hynes, Robb Jackson and Tom Wymer; and in England to Miranda Furse, Michael McGarvie, Penelope Middelboe, Rosemary Olivier, Shirley Wilson, and Derek Winterbottom, all of whom freely and generously offered help, advice, encouragement and/or materials, for ...

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Chapter One. Newbolt Man

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pp. 1-11

With few exceptions since his death in 1938, Sir Henry Newbolt has either been left out of discussions about poetry and poets altogether, or favoured only with the most cursory of dismissals: "Newbolt, with an irritating monotony of metre, and a great appearance of nobility, celebrated the worst side of Imperialism. "1 Typically, but...

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Chapter Two. Schools, Memories and Hopes

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pp. 13-38

We of the late twentieth century like to regard ourselves as quite different from the Victorians, even to the extent of assuming that because they did not discuss sex as publicly, or write about it as extensively as we do, they were too prudish and ignorant to enjoy it. Although that assumption has now been disproved by Peter Gay in his study of ...

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Chapter Three. Heroism and Chivalry: "To Interpret Patriotism Worthily"

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pp. 39-64

A great deal of Newbolt's successful early verse took as its subject either one or a group of English heroes who were active patriots in the Elizabethan tradition and who also shared the values enshrined in the chivalric code. Heroism, chivalry, and particularly patriotism are concepts that have altered considerably since the late-Victorian age, not least ...

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Chapter Four. Admirals All and the Diamond .Jubilee

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pp. 65-88

Most appropriately, it was on the anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar (October 21) in 1897 that Newbolt's ftrst collection of poetry ,Admirals All, appeared as the eighth number in a series of slender chapbooks called The Shilling Garland, edited by Laurence Binyon and published by Elkin Mathews. Most of the poetry had already appeared ...

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Chapter Five. The Public Poet and the Spirit of the Moment

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pp. 89-114

On the morning of August 5, the fIrst day of World War I, Newbolt's poem "The Vigil" was published in the Times. It sold so well (70,000 copies) and had so great an effect on national morale that in his book The Return to Camelot, Mark Girouard suggests it was responsible for Newbolt's knighthood in ...

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Chapter Six. The Lyric Poet

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pp. 115-144

There is always some risk implicit in separating a poet's work into differently defined areas. Jolm Betjeman, in his introduction to the 1940 Selected Poems of Henry Newbolt, tried to divide Newbolt's poems into" 1) nautical and patriotic, 2) nostalgic, with vivid pictures of school, education, and English scenery, and 3) contemplative .... "1 But this is ...

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Chapter Seven. The Chasm

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pp. 145-170

In 1912, the year Newbolt turned fifty, Poems New and Old was issued. This was the complete collection of his published poetry from 1897 to 1912. It was generally well-received, although one critic complained that while the poetry expressed "most vigorously the religion of sportsmanship and loyalty," it could not be called true patriotic poetry in the great ...

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Chapter Eight. Patriotism Is Not Enough

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pp. 171-189

It can clearly be seen, then, that the war accelerated a move towards a desire for more individual expression. The word accelerated is used advisedly because the process of change had clearly started before the war, beginning to blow at Edwardian cobwebs as soon as George the Fifth ascended the throne in 1910. In Samuel Hynes's ...


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pp. 190-203


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pp. 204-210


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pp. 211-216

Back Cover

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p. 226-226

E-ISBN-13: 9780944318683
Print-ISBN-10: 0944318088

Page Count: 224
Publication Year: 1994

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  • Newbolt, Henry John, Sir, 1862-1938 -- Criticism and interpretation.
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