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Tony Harrison and The Holocaust$
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Antony Rowland

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780853235064

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846314254

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Amorous Discourse and ‘Bolts of Annihilation’ in the American Poems

Amorous Discourse and ‘Bolts of Annihilation’ in the American Poems

(p.87) Chapter Two Amorous Discourse and ‘Bolts of Annihilation’ in the American Poems
Tony Harrison and The Holocaust
Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the treatment of the Holocaust in the love poetry of Tony Harrison. It suggests that Harrison follows that of historicist writing about love that explores its function in the past and its relevance to the present. It considers the influence of Roland Barthes' A Lover's Discourse on Harrison's amorous poems and suggests that his account of the amorous in the context of the atomic era is a synthesis of sex and the Cold War. This chapter analyses some of his relevant works including The Bedbug, The Pocket Wars of Peanuts Joe and The Curtain Catullus and describes the amorous presence in his so-called American poems.

Keywords:   love poetry, Tony Harrison, Holocaust, Roland Barthes, A Lover's Discourse, amorous poems, sex, Cold War, American poems

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