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Shades of Authority: The Poetry of Lowell, Hill and Heaney

Stephen James


What is the relationship between poetry and power? Should poetry be considered a mode of authority or an impotent medium? And why is it that the modern poets most commonly regarded as authoritative are precisely those whose works wrestle with a sense of artistic inadequacy? Such questions lie at the heart of this book, prompting fresh insights into three of the most important poets of recent decades: Robert Lowell, Geoffrey Hill, and Seamus Heaney. Through attentive close readings, the author shows how their responsiveness to matters of political and cultural import lends weight to the idea of ... More

Keywords: power, poetry, authority, artistic inadequacy, Robert Lowell, Geoffrey Hill, Seamus Heaney, language

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9781846311178
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846314049


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen James, author