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Poetry & MoneyA Speculation$
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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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Circulatory checks and balances

Circulatory checks and balances

(p.187) Chapter Nine Circulatory checks and balances
Poetry & Money

Peter Robinson

Liverpool University Press

The proposal ramified in the previous chapter, namely that the forms of poems can act upon the conditions that they contain, is further explored and exemplified with particular reference to the speed of rhythmic and metrical movement. This is in turn shown to be inversely related to the dictional burden of a poem’s words. The chapter begins by returning to the example of Ezra Pound, and a recent reading of the late Thrones Cantos, a reading which canvases but finally rejects rejects analogies between the numbers of accountancy and those of its poetic metrics. Works by J. H. Prynne, Adrian Stokes, and Geoffrey Hill are then employed to promulgate a conception of poetic rhythm figuring the poet’s technique with regard to language as analogous to a central banker’s means for stabilizing the value of a currency.

Keywords:   numbers, measure, circulation, poetic language, rhythm, Geoffrey Hill, Adrian Stokes, Ezra Pound, J. H. Prynne

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