- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
The book lays out clearly, in four sections that focus on individual ...
The book lays out clearly, in four sections that focus on individual writers, how saying 'you' operates in contemporary poetry. It shows how lyric address is bound up with poetry's ability to delight, move and tease its public. It puts address into dialogue with a range of familiar literary figures across the ages - namely specific Modernist, Romantic, early Modern, and Classical poets - that will be familiar to scholars and ordinary readers alike.
From John Donne to Carol Ann Duffy, T.S. Eliot to Philip Larkin, Keats to Tony Harrison, address has been key in constructing political and personal identities. This book argues that, for contemporary poets - like that of these canonical writers - address is persuasive public interlocution; demanding 'you' rethink regional and historical allegiances.
I: W.S GRAHAM APPROACHES TO HOW YOU BEHAVE
1. Speaking To You
2. Occupied Territory
3. Read Me if You Dare: Address and Misbehaviour
II: C.H. SISSON TO THE PUBLIC: NATIONAL ORIENTATIONS
4. The Words of a Myriad: Orientation and Avoidance
5. Sweet Rose of England: Public Bodies
6. Old Authentic Words: You, Them & Us
III: GEOFFREY HILL CEREMONIES OF SPEECH
7. Oppositional Principles
8. Just Concessions: Conviction, Persuasion, Coercion
9. Antiphonal Heckling
10. Civil Invitations: Common Readers
IV: DON PATERSON ON THE MONEY
11. Address and Lyric Commerce