Contemporary British Poetry and the City

Contemporary British Poetry and the City

by Peter Barry
     
 

Peter Barry explores a range of poets who visit and celebrate the "mean streets" of the contemporary urban scene. Poets discussed include Ken Smith, Iain Sinclair, Roy Fisher, Edwin Morgan, Sean O'Brien, Ciaran Carson, Peter Reading, Matt Simpson, Douglas Houston, Deryn Rees-Jones, Denise Riley, Ken Edwards, Levi Tafari, Aidan Hun, and Robert Hampson writing on Hull,…  See more details below

Overview

Peter Barry explores a range of poets who visit and celebrate the "mean streets" of the contemporary urban scene. Poets discussed include Ken Smith, Iain Sinclair, Roy Fisher, Edwin Morgan, Sean O'Brien, Ciaran Carson, Peter Reading, Matt Simpson, Douglas Houston, Deryn Rees-Jones, Denise Riley, Ken Edwards, Levi Tafari, Aidan Hun, and Robert Hampson writing on Hull, Liverpool, London, Birmingham, Belfast, Glasgow, and Dundee.

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Contemporary poetry is in trouble, says Barry, who is not otherwise identified, citing Oxford University Press' recent withdrawal of its poetry list, and the plummeting number of college students who take poetry courses. He begins by mapping the genre, with discussions of the roads to hell, three urban tropes, and writing the inner city. Then he looks at local specifics in Hull, Liverpool, King's Cross, and Birmingham. He does glance briefly at Belfast and Glasgow, but generally by British he means English. Distributed in the US by St. Martin's Press. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780719055935
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.66(h) x (d)

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Peter Barry is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Wales.

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