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Gladsongs and GatheringsPoetry and its Social Context in Liverpool since the 1960s$
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Stephen Wade

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780853237273

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313196

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The Hard Lyric

The Hard Lyric

Re-registering Liverpool Poetry

(p.19) The Hard Lyric
Gladsongs and Gatherings

Peter Barry

Liverpool University Press

Beyond the 1960s, Liverpool's poetry failed to register nationally as a distinct entity until the late 1990s, when newer poets associated with the city produced a considerable body of work. The variety of this new work contrasts strikingly with what was seen as the tonal homogeneity of the 1960s generation. This chapter argues that the homogeneity of that earlier work is often exaggerated, and that the linguistic register of the earlier generation was often both extremely fluid and shifting within individual poems, and markedly varied from poet to poet. It also suggests that the newer poets operate on a larger stage. They are registering the impact on poetry of a more troubled era in which industrial collapse, social conflict and contested national and regional identities prevent the growth of that unquestioned, pervasive local rootedness which is seen in the earlier material. Three poets from each era are examined.

Keywords:   city poetry, 1960s, 1990s, Liverpool, poets

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