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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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Getting value out of money

Getting value out of money

(p.212) Chapter Ten Getting value out of money
Poetry & Money

Peter Robinson

Liverpool University Press

Beginning with a number of poems which compare and contrast money and friendship, this final chapter returns to questions of value and evaluation so as to look at ways in which the uses that money may have in a culture are finally dependent upon the identification of values other than monetary ones which it can then be found either to disable or support. The value and evaluation of artworks is addressed by considering Byron’s borrowing from ‘On the Death of Dr Robert Levet’ in his ‘Fare Thee Well’, and on Wordsworth’s critical response on reading the latter poem. The chapter concludes by returning to the pedagogical occasion with which this book began and, with reference to Marcel Mauss on gift-cultures, offers an explanation of how a creative writing workshop, however necessary money values may have been in bringing it about, can occasion, foster, and promulgate values which are necessarily other than ones to be accounted for in balance sheets of monetary investment and return.

Keywords:   friendship, value, evaluation, gift, creativity, criticism, Byron, Johnson, Marcel Mauss, Wordsworth

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