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Robert Graves By Barber, Claire

DOI: 10.4324/9781135000356-REM1096-1
Published: 01/10/2016
Retrieved: 15 August 2020, from


Robert Graves was a prolific poet and novelist whose career began with the semi-autobiographical Good-bye to All That (1929) but who became famous after the publication and BBC adaptation of I, Claudius (1934). He was not affiliated with a major literary movement, though many of his works, such as ‘In Broken Images’ (1929), respond to similar modernist concerns as The Waste Land (1922). He had little regard for poets like Ezra Pound and W. B. Yeats, despite the interest in mythology that he shared with Yeats, D. H. Lawrence, and H. D. He was a careful formal craftsman concerned with revision and the preservation of traditional forms, such as the Welsh cynghanedd. Both love and war figure prominently throughout his poetry and prose, particularly in his myth of the White Goddess.

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Barber, Claire. "Robert Graves." The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. : Taylor and Francis, 2016. Date Accessed 15 Aug. 2020 doi:10.4324/9781135000356-REM1096-1

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