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Speaking to You: Contemporary Poetry and Public Address

Natalie Pollard

Abstract

This book conducts readings of four contemporary British poets whose work differently probes the politics of intimate speech and space: Geoffrey Hill, W. S. Graham, Don Paterson, and C. H. Sisson. The book explores the ways in which these poets, and their peers, have used address to perform public, political, and economic (as well as personal) work. In speaking to a changing succession of yous (readers and critics, purchasers and fellow writers, friends and adversaries), contemporary poetry repeatedly probes address’s powerfully public remit. The book opens up new ways into thinking about poet ... More

Keywords: contemporary, poetry, twentieth-Century, lyric, address, you, Hill, Graham, Sisson, Paterson

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199657001
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199657001.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Natalie Pollard, author
Research Fellow at the University of Reading, Department of English Language and Literature