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Centre and Periphery in Modern British Poetry

Andrew Duncan


The book raises the provocative question of just how accurate — and useful — the concept of a British literary culture is for a nation that stretches over 600 miles and includes four distinct national cultures. It identifies distinct regional poetic traditions in Scotland, Wales and the north of England, examining writers such as Glyn Jones, Joseph Macleod and Colin Simms, and comes to the startling conclusion that the finest British poets of recent decades have lived not at the heart of ‘British’ literary society, but in the outlands of the British Isles.

Keywords: British literary culture, Scotland, Wales, northern England, Glyn Jones, Joseph Macleod, Colin Simms

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780853237440
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846312793


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Duncan, author