Aim: to show and make a changeable history of Georgianism
In reference to Rosenberg's estrangement from both Georgianism
and the avant-garde, we must refrain from idle supposition as to with which group he ultimately would have aligned--given the resources at hand his extant work should instead be read as a conclusive dissatisfaction with both modes.
He argued that the three main claims of 'Georgianism
' were: that it would cheapen land; that it would prevent the accumulation of land in a few hands; and that it would stimulate the productiveness of land.
Her poetry behaves as if all the literary movements of the past century, from Georgianism
to Concrete Poetry, had simply never happened ...
It is certainly an austere, puritan view of poetry but refreshing after Yeats's pseudo-philosophies, the pedantry of the later Auden, the lingering Georgianism
of Graves and the neurotic verbosity of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes.
This poetry is largely mainstream in the tradition of late Georgianism
. These are on the whole poets eager to share ideas, feelings, selves as well as skills with nifty, even histrionic use of metaphor and image, precision in language, and competence with traditional poetic elements.
McArthur's 'New Zealand Singing', is a confused collection of unassimilated Whitman and Eliot advocating rejection of sentimental Georgianism
and facing the problems of the age, 'serious things', not 'rata flowers'.
Typically, Osbert the polemicist chose to ignore the many pieces of first-rate work which had been published in the Georgian Poetry volumes, and his clever modern dismissiveness did not find favor everywhere: Eliot, for example, expressed contempt for "the poets who consider themselves most opposed to Georgianism
and who know a little French."
They reacted against Victorianism, Georgianism
, genteelism, the academy, the establishment, the rules and conventions, Wordsworth, Tennyson, Swinburne, Bridges--the whole suffocating past.
The earlier poetry has tinges of Georgianism
, even Romanticism or a touch of Dylan Thomas, while the later verse gives a broadly postmodernist impression.
Curnow was even more specific, targeting Georgianism
as representative of the sorts of excess that Gill complained of.
To begin with a poem of 1956, 'Miri' shows among other things how Hart-Smith made his exit from the Georgianism
of his first published poems of 1934 and after.