Read Me if You Dare: Address and Misbehaviour

W. S. Graham

in Speaking to You

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199657001
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191742194 | DOI:
Read Me if You Dare: Address and Misbehaviour

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This chapter argues that Graham's unsettlingly direct addresses (reminiscent of Movement writings) seem to hail readers combatively: ‘I speak to you’, ‘Don’t fool me’. Like Larkin, Graham attacks middle-class sociability, and the contemporary patter in which expected platitudes are exchanged. But unlike Larkin, he does not reject the Modernist inheritance, nor word-play and experimentation. Nor is Graham reluctant to be read in a high literary vein, or to be associated with the authority of venerated writers

Keywords: direct; class; Larkin; W. S. Graham; modernist; movement

Chapter.  5673 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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