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Defending Poetry: Art and Ethics in Joseph Brodsky, Seamus Heaney, and Geoffrey Hill

David-Antoine Williams


This book studies the tradition of poetic defence, or apologia, as it has been pursued and developed by three of the twentieth century's leading poet‐critics: Joseph Brodsky, Seamus Heaney, and Geoffrey Hill. Beginning with an extended introduction to philosophical debates over the ethical value of literature from Plato to Levinas, the book situates these three poets as in one sense historically continuous with the defences of Horace, Sidney, Coleridge, and Shelley, though in another sense drastically other, an otherness bounded on one side by the example of T. S. Eliot's career‐l ... More

Keywords: poetry, poetics, ethics, defence of poetry, apologia, ars poetica, poet‐critic, T. S. Eliot, Joseph Brodsky, Seamus Heaney, Geoffrey Hill

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199583546
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583546.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David-Antoine Williams, author
British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow and Junior Research Fellow in English, Hertford College, University of Oxford
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