Meredith Martin’s The Rise and Fall of Meter: Poetry and English National Culture, 1860-1930 is the winner of the 2012 Warren-Brooks Award for Outstanding Literary Criticism, presented by the Robert Penn Warren Center at WKU.
Among 21 books submitted for this year’s contest, Martin’s book, nominated by Princeton University Press, was chosen for the breadth and depth of Martin’s scholarship, and the wit and originality of her writing.
Martin will discuss her research during a 3 p.m. presentation April 19 in Cherry Hall Room 125. The presentation is open to the public.
The Rise and Fall of Meter changes how we read the poetry of the half-century preceding the rise of Modernism. Often considered a slack period of English poetry because of the standing of patriotic, imperialist rhetoric during the Edwardian period and sentimental pastoralism during the Georgian period, those periods are revealed in Martin’s searching history to be eras rich in poetic invention and in thoughtful and insightful poetic self-scrutiny. The creativity and originality of the poetry of the years before the First World War has been eclipsed by the way the Modernist poets cleared imaginative space for themselves at their immediate predecessors’ expense.
John Burt, a member of the award jury, said they were “proud to present the 2012 Brooks-Warren Award to Meredith Martin, whose acute poetic ear and keen sense of poetic and cultural history enable us to hear the poetry of the years before the Modernist revolution with new ears.”
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