Contemporary British Poetry And The City

Contemporary British Poetry And The City

by Peter Barry
     
 

Though poets have always written about cities, the commonest critical categories (pastoral poetry, nature poetry, Romantic poetry, Georgian poetry, etc.) have usually stressed the rural, so that poetry can seem irrelevant to a predominantly urban populati. Explores a range of contemporary poets who visit the 'mean streets' of the contemporary urban scene, seeking

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Though poets have always written about cities, the commonest critical categories (pastoral poetry, nature poetry, Romantic poetry, Georgian poetry, etc.) have usually stressed the rural, so that poetry can seem irrelevant to a predominantly urban populati. Explores a range of contemporary poets who visit the 'mean streets' of the contemporary urban scene, seeking the often cacophonous music of what happens here. 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. Approaches contemporary poetry within a broad spectrum of personal, social, literary, and cultural concerns. Includes 'loco-specific' chapters, on cities including Hull, Liverpool, London, and Birmingham, with an additional chapter on 'post-industrial' cities such as Belfast, Glasgow and Dundee.

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"Barry's provocative study is a must-read because he combines penetrating critical and historical perspectives with great skill." --Choice

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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:
9780719055942
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
Publication date:
04/01/2001
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
0.57(w) x 5.50(h) x 8.50(d)

Meet the Author

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

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