Poetry before and after World War II experimental Poetry


His sympathies in the 1930s were with the Left



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His sympathies in the 1930s were with the Left,

  • Ambulance driver on the republican side in the Spanish Civil War (became disappointed there)

  • He travelled in Iceland and China before going to America in 1939

  • 1946: American citizen

  • Married Erika Mann, daughter of Thomas Mann (1935)

  • Taught at a number of American colleges, and was elected Professor of Poetry at Oxford (1956-60 )

  • The most active of the group of young English poets in the 20s in search of new techniques and attitudes to English poetry - Stephen Spender and Cecil Day Lewis (group soon fell apart)

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