By Robert Sheppard

The Poetry of Saying finds a mystery historical past of 50 years of experimental British verse, revealing and illuminating the bold paintings of British poets who've spent a half-century rewriting the principles of English poetry. Poet Robert Sheppard considers person poets equivalent to Roy Fisher and Lee Harwood in addition to the position of poetry magazines and the Poetry Society. Sheppard's place on the heart of the Nineteen Fifties British Poetry Revival permits him to provide an insider's statement at the social, political, and historic historical past of this quite fertile and interesting interval in British poetry.

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35 Paul Ricoeur, Interpretation Theory: Discourse and the Surplus of Meaning (Texas: Christian University of Texas Press, 1976), p. 52. , pp. 52–53. 37 The New Poetry, ed. A. Alvarez (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1966 (second edition)), p. 21. Subsequent reference to this volume will be cited in the text as NP66. 38 British Poetry since 1945, ed. Edward Lucie-Smith (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1970) p. 391. 39 Ibid, p. 391 40 Quoted in Jill Robbins, Altered Reading: Levinas and Literature (Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 1999), p.

P. 25. , p. 67. , p. 69. 23 Quoted on dust jacket of Philip Larkin, The Less Deceived (London: The Marvell Press, 1955). 24 Easthope, Poetry as Discourse, p. 72. , p. 76. 26 Quoted in Morrison, The Movement, p. 268. 27 New Lines, ed. Robert Conquest (London: Macmillan, 1956), p. xii. , p. xii. 29 Francis Scarfe, Auden and After (London: Routledge, 1942), p. 158. 30 Conquest, New Lines, p. xiii. 31 Morrison, The Movement, p. 159. 32 Donald Davie, Articulate Energy (New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1958), pp.

That it was a commercial success, being reprinted within months and once more the following year, is not entirely surprising. Articles in The Spectator and elsewhere had announced the advent of this new generation. Two series of BBC Radio poetry programmes, edited by John Lehmann and John Wain, had been receptive to the new writers; recently published and widely acclaimed books by Amis, Gunn and Davie, had prepared the ground. 3 The lower middle class Oxbridge origins and attitudes of the Movement define a certain social instability that appealed to the age, but it is also important to examine the narrowly literary context of the early 1950s, to demonstrate how the Movement was able to gain its unassailable dominance.

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