Poems for Spain : the response of British poets to the Spanish Civil War
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Arts
This thesis examines three main facets of the 1930s poetic movement in Britain. Firstly the nature of the "thirties tradition" in English literature is establlshed, then aesthetic formulations of that period are considered. Both of these areas of enquiry relate principally to the poetic response to the Spanish civil War. Thirdly the poetry written in response to the Spanish Civil War is surveyed. It is intended that this study should suggest the chief ambitions of the thirties writers examined, namely the formulation of a socially responsible form of literature suiting the demands of their time, and evaluate their efforts to fulfil that ambition.