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The Words of a Myriad: Orientation and Avoidance

C. H. Sisson

in Speaking to You

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199657001
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191742194 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199657001.003.0005
The Words of a Myriad: Orientation and Avoidance

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This chapter explores to what degree the English poet C. H. Sisson's addresses mingle their (often Modernist) attentiveness to the positive relations of historical and cultural understandings with interlocutions that adopt a variety of alienated stances: ‘you have receded’, ‘you could be lost before daybreak’. Sisson's interlocutions move to discomfit us, using you to underline the precarious, changeable nature of relations, and to confront readers with a succession of unsettlingly underspecified, and formally experimental, addresses. As in Eliot and Pound, language itself is made to feel at risk of breakdown, erasure, and dissolution.

Keywords: Sisson; nation; England; you; address

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Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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