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The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary British and Irish Poetry (Oxford Handbooks of Literature) [Kindle Edition]

Peter Robinson
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The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary British and Irish Poetry offers thirty-eight chapters of ground breaking research that form a collaborative guide to the many groupings and movements, the locations and styles, as well as concerns (aesthetic, political, cultural and ethical) that have helped shape contemporary poetry in Britain and Ireland. The book's introduction offers an anthropological participant-observer approach to its variously conflicted subjects, while exploring
the limits and openness of the contemporary as a shifting and never wholly knowable category. The five ensuing sections explore: a history of the period's poetic movements; its engagement with form, technique, and the other arts; its association with particular locations and places; its connection with, and
difference from, poetry in other parts of the world; and its circling around such ethical issues as whether poetry can perform actions in the world, can atone, redress, or repair, and how its significance is inseparable from acts of evaluation in both poets and readers. Though the book is not structured to feature chapters on authors thought to be canonical, on the principle that contemporary writers are by definition not yet canonical, the volume contains commentary on many prominent poets, as
well as finding space for its contributors' enthusiasms for numerous less familiar figures. It has been organized to be read from cover to cover as an ever deepening exploration of a complex field, to be read in one or more of its five thematically structured sections, or indeed to be read by
picking out single chapters or discussions of poets that particularly interest its individual readers.


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a lively and informative book ... It gives strong representation to poetries often marginalized in such overview books, and it is a very considerable achievement. It is also, self-evidently, a necessary purchase for all university libraries. (Peter Barry, The Review of English Studies)

About the Author

Peter Robinson is Professor of English and American Literature at the The University of Reading.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6385 KB
  • Print Length: 781 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 1 edition (26 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H7ENZGI
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1.0 out of 5 stars Overrated, turgid, and unhelpful. Avoid. 25 Feb. 2015
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute 6 July 2014
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for any scholar of poetry, contemporary or classic, this is the last word, metaphoricallof course. An ESSENTIAL textbook for poets
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