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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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'The Secret Laugh of the World'

'The Secret Laugh of the World'

(p.193) 8 'The Secret Laugh of the World'
The Thing About Roy Fisher

Ian Sansom

Liverpool University Press

The title of chapter eight, written by Ian Sansom, is inspired by a line in one of Fisher’s poems, ‘Toyland’. The chapter itself focuses on Fisher’s lighter and more comedic work and asks the question, has Fisher’s work been taken too seriously in public and critic opinion? To answer this question, Sansom explores the critical understanding of Fisher and takes a look at the poet’s use of self-awareness and humour in order to provide an analysis of the successfulness of Fisher’s comedic writing. Sansom focuses mainly on poems found in the Consolidated Comedies collection, and makes particular comment on ‘“Other Titles by Roy Fisher”’, ‘North Wind Harrying the North’, ‘One World’, and ‘Toyland’.

Keywords:   English Literature, Literary Studies, Literary Criticism, Poetry, Poets, Roy Fisher, Ian Sansom

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