James McAuley and the end of modernity
In his 1959 work The end of Modernity, James McAuley, poet, editor of Quadrant and Catholic convert, argued that the development of poetry over the past one hundred and fifty years had been "an immense detour" and that the need now existed to "link up again with the main road." there need to be a "way forward to a pot-modern poetry" that would not be a return to the old "so-called classical formulae" which had existed prior to the "Romantic deviation: but which effectively absorbed the lessons of that deviation and then moved beyond it.
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