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The Thing About Roy FisherCritical Studies$
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John Kerrigan and Peter Robinson

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780853235156

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780853235156.001.0001

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'Making Forms with Remarks': The Prose

'Making Forms with Remarks': The Prose

(p.128) 5 'Making Forms with Remarks': The Prose
The Thing About Roy Fisher

Robert Sheppard

Liverpool University Press

Chapter five, written by Robert Sheppard, focuses on Fisher’s work in prose. The chapter describes the reasons for Fisher’s renunciation of the use of lyric in his poetry from the mid-1950s, and explains the origins of his use of daring and experimental ‘freedom forms’. The chapter concentrates in particular on ‘Starting to Make a Tree’, Interiors with Various Figures, The Ship’s Orchestra, The Cut Pages, and the sixteen passages of prose in City. On the whole, the chapter pays close attention to Fisher’s ability to de-familiarise and de-Anglicise in order to find freedom from the constraints of British lyric poetry.

Keywords:   English Literature, Literary Studies, Literary Criticism, Poetry, Poets, Roy Fisher, Robert Sheppard

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