Contemporary British Poetry And The City

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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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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"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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780719055942
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2001
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Pt. 1 Mapping
1 Introduction 3
2 'The roads to hell' 23
3 Three urban tropes 45
4 Writing the inner city 61
Pt. 2 Local specifics
5 'North of the word' or 'Why, this is Hull' 105
6 'The hard lyric': re-registering Liverpool poetry 137
7 'Take off your shoes in King's Cross': envisioning London 165
8 'Birmingham's what I think with': Roy Fisher's cities 193
9 'I remember when all these fields were factories': writing the vanishing city 223
Select bibliography 243
Index 247
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