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Critical Quarterly, The

Critical Survey

editorial policy poets poetry

a literary periodical founded in 1959 by C. B. Cox and A. E. Dyson to provide a widely accessible forum for contemporary poetry and criticism. The poetic and critical tenets of the Movement were reflected in its editorial policy, and Donald Davie and Philip Larkin were eminent among early contributors of poems and reviews. Other poets whose work appeared in its pages in the 1960s included Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney, Charles Tomlinson, R. S. Thomas, and Sylvia Plath; Raymond Williams, Bernard Bergonzi, John Wain, and Malcolm Bradbury supplied critical commentaries. The magazine was among the primary channels for the establishment of poetic reputations in its earlier years. The twice-yearly publication of a supplementary Critical Survey between 1960 and 1973 had considerable influence in addressing matters relating to secondary education. After a period of editorial hostility towards the innovative ethos prevalent in much of the poetry of the late 1960s, the magazine revived its interest in a broad variety of contemporary writing; a flexible policy has prevailed since the formation of an editorial board in 1978. Prose fiction has latterly become a regular feature; Tony Harrison, Tom Raworth, U. A. Fanthorpe, and James Fenton are among the poets who have contributed work to more recent issues.

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