‘We keep the bread and wine for show’<sup>1</sup>—Consistent Irony and Reluctant Faith in the Poetry of Dannie Abse


in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 154, 2007 Lectures

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780197264355
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734052 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

‘We keep the bread and wine for show’1—Consistent Irony and Reluctant Faith in the Poetry of Dannie Abse

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This lecture presents the text of the speech about the consistent irony and reluctant faith in the poetry of Dannie Abse delivered by the author at the 2007 Warton Lecture on English Poetry held at the British Academy. It discusses the traditional strategies of the inversion of syntax and the end-focusing of the main clause in Abse's poetry. The lecture also examines the ways in which Abse's identity as Londoner and a Cardiff Welshman underpins his work.

Keywords: irony; faith; poetry; Dannie Abse; syntax; end-focusing; Warton Lecture; British Academy

Chapter.  8959 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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