Matthew Campbell

Professor of Modern Literature, University of York

Matthew Campbell is Professor of Modern Literature. Most of his work is on British and Irish poetry of the last two centuries. He is particularly interested in the history of the sounds of poems, or even the sounds of poems in history. This was initially explored through the close reading of various notions of action and intent as heard in the rhythms of Victorian and early twentieth-century poetry, from Tennyson to Hardy.

But more recently this was developed into research on the invention of the distinctive music, prosody and language of Irish poetry in English written within and against the vexed politics of Irish and British literary history from 1801 to 1921 and beyond. He has also published regularly on contemporary Irish poetry, as well as on Romantic poetry, Celticism, elegy, and war writing.


  • –present
    Professor of Modern Literature, University of York


  • 2013
    Irish Poetry Under the Union, 1801-1924, Cambridge University Press