The Poetry of Saying

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The Poetry of Saying

British Poetry and its Discontents, 1950-2000

Liverpool English Texts and Studies, 45


September 1st, 2005

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In The Poetry of Saying Robert Sheppard explores an array of ‘experimental’ writers and styles of writing many of which have never secured a large audience in Britain, but which are often fascinatingly innovative. As a published poet in this tradition, Sheppard provides a detailed and thought provoking account of the development of the British poetry movement from the 1950s. As well as analysing the work of individual poets such as Roy Fisher, Lee Harwood and Tom Raworth The Poetry of Saying also examines the influence of the Poetry Society and poetry magazines on the evolution of British poetry throughout this period. The overriding virtue of the poetry of this period is its diversity, a fact that Sheppard has not ignored. As well as providing a fascinating into the work of these poets, The Poetry of Saying offers an ‘insider’s’ commentary on the social, political and historical background during this exciting period in British poetry.

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Robert Sheppard is Senior Lecturer in Writing Studies and English at Edge Hill University, Liverpool. He is also a published poet, previous collections include Daylight Robbery (Srtide, 1990), Killing Boxes (Ship of Fools, 1992) and Empty Diaries (Stride, 1998).

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
Introduction: Technique: Dialogue: Saying11
1: The Movement Poets and the Movement Orthodoxy in the 1950s and 1960s30
2: The British Poetry Revival 1960–197845
3: Starting to Make the World: The Poetry of Roy Fisher in the 1960s and 1970s87
4: Keeping the Doors Open: the Poetry of Lee Harwood in the 1960s and 1970s113
5: The Persistence of the Movement Orthodoxy in the 1980s and 1990s135
6: Linguistically Innovative Poetry 1978–2000152
7: What Was To One Side or Not Real: The Poetry of Tom Raworth 1970-1991181
8: Creative Linkage in the Work of Allen Fisher, Adrian Clarke and Ulli Freer during the 1980s and 1990s204
9: The Ballet of the Speech Organs: The Poetry of Bob Cobbing 1965-2000224
10: Be come, Be spoke, Be eared: The Poetics of Transformation and Embodied Utterance in the work of Maggie O’Sullivan during the 1980s and 1990s243