Aberration in Modern Poetry: Essays on Atypical Works by Yeats, Auden, Moore, Heaney and Others

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This critical work asks whether the formation of a poet's oeuvre must involve artistic aberration. With introductory statements exploring the nature of aberration, these fourteen essays investigate the body of work of major contemporary poets from the U.S., Britain, Australia and New Zealand. Aberration is considered from the standpoint of both the artist and the audience, which ultimately forms the canon. The essays are concerned with the status of the aberrant work and the ways in which it challenges, enlarges ...

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About the Book This critical work considers the role played by elements that might be considered aberrational in a poet’s oeuvre. With an introductory essay exploring the nature ... of aberration, these fourteen contributions investigate the work of major 20th-century poets from the U.S., Britain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Aberration is considered from the standpoint of both the artist and the audience, prompting discussion on a range of important issues, including the formation of the canon. Each essay discusses the status of the aberrant work and the ways in which it challenges, enlarges or supports the overall perception of the poet. About the Author Lucy Collins is a lecturer at the School of English, Drama & Film at University College, Dublin. She has published widely on modern and contemporary poetry, with a special emphasis on women’s poetry and on ecocriticism. Stephen Matterson is associate professor of English Studies at Trinity College, University of Dublin. He specializes in American literature with particular interests in poetry and in the work of Herman Melville. Read more Show Less

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This critical work asks whether the formation of a poet's oeuvre must involve artistic aberration. With introductory statements exploring the nature of aberration, these fourteen essays investigate the body of work of major contemporary poets from the U.S., Britain, Australia and New Zealand. Aberration is considered from the standpoint of both the artist and the audience, which ultimately forms the canon. The essays are concerned with the status of the aberrant work and the ways in which it challenges, enlarges or supports the overall perception of the poet.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780786462957
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/21/2011
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Lucy Collins is a lecturer at the School of English, Drama & Film at University College, Dublin. She has published widely on modern and contemporary poetry, with a special emphasis on women's poetry and on ecocriticism. Stephen Matterson is associate professor of English Studies at Trinity College, University of Dublin. He specializes in American literature with particular interests in poetry and in the work of Herman Melville.

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