Reforming a Literary Orphan: Stevie Smith's Poetry in Context
This chapter considers Smith's use of allusion and retelling in her poetry. It explores her disjunctive use of form and meter, examines attempts to place her in an English poetic tradition by Paul Muldoon and Christopher Ricks, and explores her idiosyncratic use of allusion with reference to Wordsworth, Tennyson, T. S. Eliot, and Robert Browning. It considers her work as a translator, explores her interest in re-telling and appropriating classical myths and folklore, and argues for her poetry as a self-consciously orphaned form.
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