Poetry, Poets, Readers: Making Things Happen

Hardcover | March 1, 2002

byPeter Robinson

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Poetry, Poets, Readers is a defence of poetry against the protective moves which claim that poets never lie because they never affirm, or that their poems exist in a separate 'world'. These much re-iterated manoeuvres for safe-guarding poetry by banishing it from an active role in life canparadoxically go hand in hand with a poet's yearning for the authority of a legislator. Through detailed considerations of poetry by Shakespeare, Keats, Yeats, Auden, Elizabeth Bishop, and Paul Muldoon, along with sustained meditations on question forms in poems, the role of fact in fictions, thenature of literary value, speech acts and performative utterances issued by poets, the book sets out a fresh model for relationships between poetry, poets, and readers - one which allows the historical fact of poems having made things happen to be itself happening. Peter Robinson, himself an award-winning poet, explores what we do by imagining when we read or write poems. In describing how poetry, poets, and readers make things happen the poet offers us an invitation and implies a promise. Taking up the one, we find out how to keep the other.

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Poetry, Poets, Readers is a defence of poetry against the protective moves which claim that poets never lie because they never affirm, or that their poems exist in a separate 'world'. These much re-iterated manoeuvres for safe-guarding poetry by banishing it from an active role in life canparadoxically go hand in hand with a poet's yea...

Peter Robinson is Lecturer in English at Tohoku University, Japan, and author of five volumes of poetry, the most recent of which is About Time Too (2001).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:216 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.67 inPublished:March 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199251134

ISBN - 13:9780199251131

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1. Making Things Happen2. 'For poetry makes nothing happen'3. What Kind of Question?4. Matters of Fact and Value5. Pretended Speech Acts6. Things Done with Words7. Joking ApartBibliographyIndex

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`intelligent and useful...What Robinson has to say about Thomas Hardy and Robert Browning, about Wordsworth's `The Sailor's Mother' or Eliot's The Dry Salvages, is stimulating, lucid, and original...Robinson can bring a very sharp eye to bear on the verbal details of poetic texture, and isadept at highlighting words or constructions in particular poems which carry with them implications for larger patterns of critical understanding of the poet in question.'Review of English Studies