Reforming a Literary Orphan: Stevie Smith's Poetry in Context

William May

in Stevie Smith and Authorship

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199583379
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191723193 | DOI:

Series: Oxford English Monographs

Reforming a Literary Orphan: Stevie Smith's Poetry in Context

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This chapter considers Smith's use of allusion and retelling in her poetry. It explores her disjunctive use of form and meter, examines attempts to place her in an English poetic tradition by Paul Muldoon and Christopher Ricks, and explores her idiosyncratic use of allusion with reference to Wordsworth, Tennyson, T. S. Eliot, and Robert Browning. It considers her work as a translator, explores her interest in re-telling and appropriating classical myths and folklore, and argues for her poetry as a self-consciously orphaned form.

Keywords: poetry; influence; allusion; translation; fairy tales; quotation; intertextuality; classical myths; folklore

Chapter.  12826 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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