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W.S. GrahamSpeaking Towards You$
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Ralph Pite and Hester Jones

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780853235699

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846314407

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Graham and the 1940s

Graham and the 1940s

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W.S. Graham

Tony Lopez

Liverpool University Press

This chapter shows that both W. S. Graham and Philip Larkin had an interest in Dylan Thomas during the 1940s. Larkin confessed his youthful attachment to W. B. Yeats but said less about his enthusiasm for Thomas. Graham and Larkin moved on from Thomas, the latter via the colloquial poetry of The Less Deceived. This chapter also examines Graham's work of the 1940s, including The White Threshold and in particular its title poem, which confronts the unknowable sea and reproduces the conflict between endurance and destruction in nature.

Keywords:   W. S. Graham, Philip Larkin, Dylan Thomas, poetry, The Less Deceived, The White Threshold

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