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Peter Robinson

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789622539

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789622539.001.0001

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Contracts and prophets

Contracts and prophets

(p.166) Chapter Eight Contracts and prophets
Poetry & Money

Peter Robinson

Liverpool University Press

As its title suggests, this chapter employs a contrast of prophetic and contractual models for poets’ relationships with their readers. It offers close readings of money poems by Lawrence and Kathleen Raine to exemplify aspects of a prophetic orientation, and ones by Auden and Bernard Spencer to exemplify versions of a contractual model. In doing so, it explores, with particular reference to 1930s poetry in the aftermath of the Wall Street Crash and the Great Depression, what may be involved in living within a society and an economic system, and how our compulsory and determined relationships with economic conditions may be differently challenged, shaped, and managed within the micro-economies of poetic forms.

Keywords:   contracts, prophets, fiduciary symbols, gambling, inflation, Auden, Freud, Lawrence, Kathleen Raine, Bernard Spencer

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