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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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Last Things

Last Things

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The Thing About Roy Fisher

Peter Robinson

Liverpool University Press

The final chapter in this text, written by Peter Robinson and aptly titled ‘Last Things’, focuses on Fisher’s volume of Collected Poems 1968. Robinson begins his analysis with a breakdown of the work’s original title, The Ghost of a Paper Bag, a sentence labelled by Fisher as ‘expressive’. The chapter also focuses on Fisher’s literary style, including his unusual use of the first person, and references the writer’s block experienced by Fisher in the late 1960s. The chapter concludes with a commentary on Fisher’s preoccupation with ‘last things’, including death and childhood illness, across the poems present in Collected Poems 1968.

Keywords:   English Literature, Literary Studies, Literary Criticism, Poetry, Poets, Roy Fisher, Peter Robinson

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