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Manifestos and Poetics/Poets on Writing

Manifestos and Poetics/Poets on Writing

Weston, Daniel Peter (2020) Manifestos and Poetics/Poets on Writing. In: Gortschacher, Wolfgang and Malcolm, David, (eds.) A Companion to Contemporary British and Irish Poetry, 1960-2015. Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, UK, pp. 97-105. ISBN 978-1118843208; 978-1118843253; 978-1118843215 (doi:

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This chapter opens with a consideration of the role that the manifesto plays in relation to poetry both in the period under consideration and historically. It outlines romantic and modernist theories of poetry (and the association of the manifesto primarily with the latter) before examining the mainstream and experimental positions that emerge from these inheritances. Considering a range of poets' statements on writing reveals that this distinction is often more apparent than real, with much common ground shared between supposedly rival camps. Issues considered include the relationship between form and content, expression and communication, audience, the social function of poetry, and poetic autonomy.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: poetry; manifesto; contemporary
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Literature & Drama Research Group
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS)
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2022 15:57

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