Speaking to You: Contemporary Poetry and Public Address

Hardcover | September 9, 2012

byNatalie Pollard

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Speaking to You examines our pleasures in, accounts of, and uses for British poetry today. It explores the work of four important poets writing post-1960 - Don Paterson, Geoffrey Hill, W.S. Graham, and C.H. Sissons - in order to show how contemporary British poetry's creative handling ofaddresses to "you" are key in its interactions with readers, critics, lovers, editors, fellow poets, and deceased forebears. 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 figuresacross 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.

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Speaking to You examines our pleasures in, accounts of, and uses for British poetry today. It explores the work of four important poets writing post-1960 - Don Paterson, Geoffrey Hill, W.S. Graham, and C.H. Sissons - in order to show how contemporary British poetry's creative handling ofaddresses to "you" are key in its interactions w...

Natalie Pollard specialises in British literature from 1960-present, especially English and Scottish poetry. She has published on the contemporary English poet Geoffrey Hill, the Scottish poet W.S. Graham, and the South African writer J.M. Coetzee. She is currently editing a collection of critical essays on the Scottish poet, Don Pate...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pagesPublished:September 9, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199657009

ISBN - 13:9780199657001

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Table of Contents

I: W.S Graham Approaches to How You Behave1. Speaking To You2. Occupied Territory3. Read Me if You Dare: Address and MisbehaviourII: C.H. Sisson To the Public: National Orientations4. The Words of a Myriad: Orientation and Avoidance5. Sweet Rose of England: Public Bodies6. Old Authentic Words: You, Them and UsIII: Geoffrey Hill Ceremonies of Speech7. Oppositional Principles8. Just Concessions: Conviction, Persuasion, Coercion9. Antiphonal Heckling10. Civil Invitations: Common ReadersIV: Don Paterson On the Money11. Address and Lyric CommerceAfterwordBibliography