W. S. Graham

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W. S. Graham

Speaking Towards You

Liverpool English Texts and Studies, 43

2004

April 1st, 2004

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Graham’s work was published by T. S. Eliot in the 1940s and 50s, but as a major post-war poet, his work has received astonishingly little critical attention given its prestige and influence. This collection of essays covers all aspects of Graham’s work – its critical reception, recent influence and its relations with other developments in the arts, in particular the work of the St Ives School of visual artists. It includes some biographical material (brief reminiscences by and interviews with those who knew him) and discussions of the material contained in several collections of manuscripts. Nothing so far published has paid attention to these manuscript collections or to the large number of uncollected poems published since his death. Neither has enough been written about Graham’s importance to poets of the 1980s and 1990s. ‘I first read a W. S. Graham poem in 1949. It sent a shiver down my spine. Forty-five years later nothing has changed. His song is unique and his work an inspiration.’ Harold Pinter

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Hester Jones is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Bristol.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
Contents5
Notes on Contributors7
Acknowledgements9
Abbreviations10
1: Introduction: Contacting Graham11
Listen. Put on Morning19
2: ‘Listen’: W.S. Graham21
The White Threshold35
3: Graham and the 1940s36
The Nightfishing53
4: ‘Roaring between the lines’: W.S. Graham and the White Threshold of Line-Breaks54
The Dark Dialogues73
5: Abstract, Real and Particular: Graham and Painting75
Implements in their Places95
6: Syntax Gram and the Magic Typewriter: W.S. Graham’s Automatic Writing96
To My Wife at Midnight117
7: Dependence in the Poetry of W.S. Graham118
Dear Bryan Wynter141
8: Achieve Further through Elegy142
Letter X – My dear so many times169
9: Graham and the Numinous: ‘The ‘Centre Aloneness’ and the ‘Unhailed Water’170
Johann Joachim Quantz’s Five Lessons195
10: The Poetry of W.S. Graham196
Further Reading205
General Index207
Index of Graham’s Works213