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Centre and Periphery in Modern British Poetry$
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Andrew Duncan

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780853237440

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846312793

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Oral versus Literate

Oral versus Literate

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Centre and Periphery in Modern British Poetry
Liverpool University Press

This chapter begins with a discussion of Georgian poetry and how English poets sought to escape the rhetorical machine of Victorian verse. The escape was made simultaneously through use of colloquial speech; through subject matter drawn from the life of the lower classes and the provinces; through the avoidance of the ‘sublime’; through free verse; through the return to reading aloud as the central event of poetry; through verse drama; and through dialect. It then examines authenticity, doubt and deceit in poetry. It also analyzes the poems Krindlesyke by Wilfrid Gibson, ‘Problems of Horror’ by Denise Riley.

Keywords:   British poetry, poets, Georgian poetry, Wilfrid Gibson, Denise Riley

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