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The term Georgian poetry is found to have a curious origin in the enterprise to popularise the reading of poetry and to increase the sales of the books of English poetry. Actually, poetry faced Dace trend after the reign of the grand Victorian masters because of the growing popularity of fiction and drama. In this regard, to revitalize poetry, some young poets  came forward. Accordingly, a scheme was devised to publish an anthology of poems, written by different literary poets. Then there published a volume, under the title “Georgian Poet 1911-12” in December, 1912 less than two years before the beginning of the First World War. The first volume became more popular than expectation. The first volume of Georgian poetry was followed by the publication of four other volumes. The five volumes were published with an attractive plan of fifth different colours-brown, blue, green, orange and red. The popularity showed little hope for poetry. Of course in 1922, Georgian poetry lost its old lustre and the favour of 1912 seemed to have died down in most of the poets, contributing to it. The five volumes of Georgian poetry represent some forty modern English Prose. Rupert Brooke, Edmund Blunden, W.H. Davics, Walter De La Mare, Lascelles Abercrombie and Harold Monno were the chief architect of entire literary  design.

The poets are lumped tog together as the Georgian poets. Though every poets had individual literary characteristics they had certain common interests and tendencies. They appeared somewhat alike in their rejection of the ideas of the decadents, in their quest for beauty, in their love for natural beauty-moonlit, hills, birds, etc in their attachment to the English landscape, in their realistic sense, in their simplicity in poetic technique and in their adherence to the main tradition of English poetry. Their poetry also Shows the problems of global unrest. Some revealed  an intense passion for dream, fancies and mystic vision. 

In fact, Georgian poetry has much significance in the history of English literature as they released poetry from decadence. They restored it to health and growth. ‘Hugh Selwyn Mauberley’ of Ezra Pound and “The Waste Land” of T.S Eliot put an end to Georgian poetry. Whereas the poetry of the Georgian was consciously English, full of nostalgia for the country side in spring, the life of the village, the open road, the inn at twilight, the poetry Of the new school was consciously cosmopolitan and allusive the nostalgia it invoked was for the city, the crowded streets, the life of offices and bars and flats, the prostitutes at eventide.


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