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1961–1968

in A Gallery to Play to

February 2008; p ublished online June 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets). 15853 words.

Brian Patten met Roger McGough and Adrian Henri in Liverpool in 1961. Michael Horovitz described the emergence of the Beatles around 1963 as somewhat related to the three men, whom he...

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A ‘goodlie bridge’ between the Old and the New: the transformation of complaint in The Ruines of Time

in 'The New Poet'

April 1999; p ublished online June 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets). 12318 words.

This chapter examines the transformation of complaint in The Ruines of Time. Spenser transforms traditional didactic and elegiac complaint by using them to discuss the philosophical...

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‘A Buried Talent’: The Writings of Catherine Talbot

Sylvia Harcstark Myers.

in The Bluestocking Circle

August 1990; p ublished online October 2011 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets). 7910 words.

This chapter discusses Catherine Talbot, who was considered to be a naturally gifted writer. Talbot's works began to circulate in manuscript when she was very young, and her prose and...

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A. C. Swinburne in the Round: Drama, Personae and Lyric Subjectivity

Marion Thain.

in The Lyric Poem and Aestheticism

October 2016; p ublished online May 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets). 8411 words.

The first case study of this part of the book teases out of Swinburne’s metrical masochism a perversely chaste account of lyric community, in which poetic form works to imagine a chorus of...

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“A Cataract Filming Over My Inner Eyes”

Dana Greene.

in Denise Levertov

August 2012; p ublished online April 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets). 8550 words.

This chapter details the life and career of Denise Levertov from 1962 to 1967. The 1960s was an auspicious time to be a poet. Poetry magazines, publishing houses, poetry readings, and...

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‘A Certain Kneeness’: The Boring and the New in Frank O'Hara's Poetry

Edited by Tadeusz Pióro.

in Frank O'Hara Now

July 2010; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets). 7137 words.

This chapter explores O'Hara's relationship to modernism, developing an argument around two ideas in O'Hara's writing: its relationship to the totemic modernist category of novelty, and its...

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‘A curved adventure’: Romanticism and the Poetry of Anne Stevenson

Michael O'Neill.

in Voyages over Voices

September 2010; p ublished online June 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets). 7498 words.

This chapter explores the Romantic aspects of poems written by American poet Anne Stevenson. The poet expresses her views on masculinist superiority in the poem ‘From the Men of Letters’....

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“A Definite and Peculiar Destiny”

Dana Greene.

in Denise Levertov

August 2012; p ublished online April 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets). 8918 words.

This chapter details the early life of Denise Levertov. Denise was born in Ilford, on October 24, 1923, to Beatrice Spooner-Jones and Paul Levertoff. Her older sister Olga was nine. Eight...

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‘A Disgrace to the Community’

Scott Lyall.

in Hugh MacDiarmid's Poetry and Politics of Place

August 2006; p ublished online March 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets). 14732 words.

This chapter focuses on Montrose, which is important to the creation of Hugh MacDiarmid’s poetry and politics. MacDiarmid’s modernist poetry in Scots and his espousal of a radical Scottish...

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A. E. Housman and the ‘Perils of Cheat and Charmer’

Kenneth Millard.

in Edwardian Poetry

November 1991; p ublished online October 2011 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets). 10973 words.

A.E. Housman's self-consciousness is indicative of a new awareness of formal constraints in the composition of poetry, his verse does not accomplish a thoroughgoing exploitation of the...

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‘A Gasp of Laughter at Desire’: Frank O'hara's Poetics of Breath

Edited by Josh Robinson.

in Frank O'Hara Now

July 2010; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets). 7466 words.

This chapter argues that there is a particular way in which O'Hara's poetic texts relate to breath and voicing, and that laughter is an important aspect of this. It examines how breath is...

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‘A Greater Errour in Chronology’

Martin Dzelzainis.

in The Oxford Handbook of Andrew Marvell

March 2019; p ublished online March 2019 .

Article. Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800); Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets). 10089 words.

While few of Marvell’s lyrics can be dated with any precision, critics no longer find it ‘comforting to reflect’, as Frank Kermode did in 1952, ‘that the date of “The Garden” is quite...

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‘A Law in This Matter to Himself’: Contextualizing Milton's Divorce Tracts

Sharon Achinstein.

in The Oxford Handbook of Milton

November 2011; p ublished online September 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Literature; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800); Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets). 5689 words.

The divorce tracts, which consist of four prose pamphlets published between August 1643 and March 1645, represent a significant and underappreciated development in John Milton's theorizing...

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‘A little while’

Kostas Boyiopoulos.

in The Decadent Image

May 2015; p ublished online January 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets). 8636 words.

Chapter 6 investigates Ernest Dowson’s protracted expiring moment, or the drawn-out moment of dying, borrowing elements from Schopenhauer’s ‘Will’. Through liminal, (post)apocalyptic...

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‘A metaphysical edge’

Peter Nicholls.

in George Oppen and the Fate of Modernism

March 2013; p ublished online March 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets). 12575 words.

This chapter explains that after George Oppen Settled in San Francisco, he was fascinated anew by the city of his adolescence and especially by an acute sense of being at the edge of the...

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‘A Mind of Most Exceptional Energy’: Verse Rhythm in Paradise Lost

John Creaser.

in The Oxford Handbook of Milton

November 2011; p ublished online September 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Literature; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800); Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets). 9266 words.

The sketch of prosodic theory presented in this article helps to clarify how the blank verse of Paradise Lost is virtually a new beginning and transmits a quite un-Shakespearean energy....

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‘A Native Ardour of their Minds which Brooked No Master’: Poetry in the North of England

in Centre and Periphery in Modern British Poetry

January 2005; p ublished online June 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets). 23379 words.

This chapter examines the poetry of Northern England. It covers topics such as the paranoia about the South; why northern patriots need to develop resistance to prestige forms of speech;...

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‘A Poet Reading’

William May.

in Stevie Smith and Authorship

August 2010; p ublished online September 2010 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets). 12520 words.

This chapter explores Smith's own reading practice to help explain her playful and often hostile relationship with tradition. It focuses on her troubled relationship with her sister, an...

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‘A Potted Peace/Lily’? Northern Irish Poetry Since the Ceasefires

Miriam Gamble.

in The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Poetry

October 2012; p ublished online January 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Literature; Literary Studies (20th Century onwards); Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets). 7664 words.

In the 1990s, ceasefires were adopted in Ireland, followed in 2007 by the institution of devolved government at Stormont. With the Troubles now gone, the country has experienced a dramatic...

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“A Rainy Wool Frankie and Johnny”: O’Hara, Ashbery, and the Paradoxes of Friendship

Andrew Epstein.

in Beautiful Enemies

October 2006; p ublished online October 2011 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets). 20861 words.

Frank O'Hara, John Ashbery, and Amiri Baraka are profoundly concerned with friendship as a theme and as an intellectual, poetic, and personal problem. Each poet creates a tense oscillation...

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