Foreword to the Revised Editio; 1. Introduction; 2. W. B. Yeats, 1895-1916; An illustration of the problems; 3. 1909-1916: Poets and their Public Sonority... like a goose; 4. 1909-1916: 'Poetry' versus 'Life' Imperialists; Georgians; War poets; 5. The Social Function of Poetry Pound and the Imagists; Eliot; 6. Eliot's 'Dark Embyro' The merger of morals and aesthetics; 7. The Poetry of T. S. Eliot Affirmation and the Image; 8. Conclusion; Index; Acknowledgements
C. K. Stead (1932-) was Professor of English at the University of Auckland, New Zealand and is now a renowned poet and novelist. His most recent novel is the acclaimed Mansfield.
"'Reading T. S. Eliot and reading about T. S. Eliot were equally formative experiences for my generation. One of the books about him which greatly appealed to me when I first read it... was The New Poetic by the New Zealand poet and critic, C. K. Stead...' Seamus Heaney; 'A short but brilliant history... Essential to anyone interested in the development of modern poetry'. The Guardian"