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The Poetry of Saying: British Poetry and its Discontents, 1950-2000

Robert Sheppard

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853238195
eISBN:
9781846313806
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846313806
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This book unearths a secret history of fifty years of experimental British verse, revealing and illuminating the daring work of British poets who have spent a half-century rewriting the rules of ... More


Roy Fisher on Location

John Kerrigan and Peter Robinson (eds)

in The Thing About Roy Fisher: Critical Studies

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780853235156
eISBN:
9781786945365
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853235156.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

In this first chapter, John Kerrigan describes the documentary, Birmingham’s What I Think With (1991). Kerrigan places focus on Fisher’s discussion of Birmingham within this documentary, and includes ... More


Starting to Make the World: The Poetry of Roy Fisher in the 1960s and 1970s

in The Poetry of Saying: British Poetry and its Discontents, 1950-2000

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853238195
eISBN:
9781846313806
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853238195.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter explores the works of British poet Roy Fisher in the 1960s and the 1970s. An elaborative fictiveness and a denotative realism have a constant interplay in Fisher's first sustained ... More


'Menacing Works in my Isolation': Early Pieces

James Keery

in The Thing About Roy Fisher: Critical Studies

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780853235156
eISBN:
9781786945365
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853235156.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

In this second chapter, James Keery closely reads Fisher’s early poetry from the 1950s. In his analysis, Keery explores the poetry’s historical context and interrelations, in order to develop a ... More


'Coming into their Own': Roy Fisher and John Cowper Powys

Ralph Pite

in The Thing About Roy Fisher: Critical Studies

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780853235156
eISBN:
9781786945365
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853235156.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

Chapter ten, written by Ralph Pite, provides an analysis and comparison of Fisher’s A Furnace and John Cowper Powys’s A Glastonbury Romance. The chapter outlines Powys’s use of poetic imagination as ... More


Last Things

Peter Robinson

in The Thing About Roy Fisher: Critical Studies

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780853235156
eISBN:
9781786945365
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853235156.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

The final chapter in this text, written by Peter Robinson and aptly titled ‘Last Things’, focuses on Fisher’s volume of Collected Poems 1968. Robinson begins his analysis with a breakdown of the ... More


Roy Fisher's Spatial Prepositions and Other Little Words

Peter Robinson

in Poetry & Geography: Space & Place in Post-war Poetry

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9781846318641
eISBN:
9781846318061
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846318641.003.0015
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This essay identifies the instinctive perceptual environmentalism to be found in the poetry of Roy Fisher: a spatiality which is conjured by means of the poet's use of prepositions, pronouns, ... More


Introduction

Peter Robinson

in The Thing About Roy Fisher: Critical Studies

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780853235156
eISBN:
9781786945365
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853235156.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This introduction by Peter Robinson begins by outlining the origin of the book’s title, noting the inspiration found in Roy Fisher’s 1965 poem ‘The Thing about Joe Sullivan’. The chapter goes on to ... More


'Making Forms with Remarks': The Prose

Robert Sheppard

in The Thing About Roy Fisher: Critical Studies

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780853235156
eISBN:
9781786945365
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853235156.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

Chapter five, written by Robert Sheppard, focuses on Fisher’s work in prose. The chapter describes the reasons for Fisher’s renunciation of the use of lyric in his poetry from the mid-1950s, and ... More


'The Secret Laugh of the World'

Ian Sansom

in The Thing About Roy Fisher: Critical Studies

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780853235156
eISBN:
9781786945365
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853235156.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

The title of chapter eight, written by Ian Sansom, is inspired by a line in one of Fisher’s poems, ‘Toyland’. The chapter itself focuses on Fisher’s lighter and more comedic work and asks the ... More


The Thing About Roy Fisher: Critical Studies

John Kerrigan and Peter Robinson (eds)

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780853235156
eISBN:
9781786945365
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853235156.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

The Thing About Roy Fisher, edited by John Kerrigan and Peter Robinson, brings together critical essays that aim to increase the awareness of the literature produced by Roy Fisher during his forty ... More


Cutting-Edge Poetics: Roy Fisher's 'Language Book'

Marjorie Perloff

in The Thing About Roy Fisher: Critical Studies

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780853235156
eISBN:
9781786945365
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853235156.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

Chapter six, written by Marjorie Perloff, focuses on the patterns in language, form and structure found in Fisher’s The Cut Pages. Perloff describes the uniqueness of the collection and defines its ... More


'Exhibiting Unpreparedness': Self, World, and Poetry

Michael O'neill

in The Thing About Roy Fisher: Critical Studies

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780853235156
eISBN:
9781786945365
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853235156.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

Chapter nine, written by Michael O’Neill, discusses the significance of Fisher’s varied poetic style and use of rhetoric, and analyses the ways in which empiricism and representations of the Self ... More


A Burning Monochrome: Fisher's Block

Simon Jarvis

in The Thing About Roy Fisher: Critical Studies

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780853235156
eISBN:
9781786945365
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853235156.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

Chapter seven, written by Simon Jarvis, explores the nature and consequences of blockage in Fisher’s work, mainly concentrating on the titles The Cut Pages, Interiors with Various Figures, and ... More


Osmotic Investigations and Mutant Poems: An Americanist Poetic

Ian F. A. Bell and Meriel Lland

in The Thing About Roy Fisher: Critical Studies

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780853235156
eISBN:
9781786945365
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853235156.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

In chapter four, Ian F. A. Bell and Meriel Lland discuss Fisher’s poetic practice, focusing in particular on the significance of his use of scepticism, subjectivism, and dissembling. The chapter also ... More


Introductory issues

Peter Robinson

in Poetry & Money: A Speculation

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781789622539
eISBN:
9781800341524
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789622539.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

Poetry & Money begins with a moment in a creative writing seminar when the question of value in a piece of writing, and in the creative and critical activities being undertaken, is suddenly ... More


Introduction: ‘Original Response’

Michael O'Neill

in The All-Sustaining Air: Romantic Legacies and Renewals in British, American, and Irish Poetry since 1900

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199299287
eISBN:
9780191715099
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199299287.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This introductory chapter is divided into two parts. The first draws upon an array of 20th-century poetry in support of the argument that Romantic poetry is a persistent presence in subsequent ... More


The Work of a Left-Handed Man

John Lucas

in The Thing About Roy Fisher: Critical Studies

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780853235156
eISBN:
9781786945365
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853235156.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

In chapter three, John Lucas describes the UK jazz scene following the Second World War. Lucas describes the free and unlimited qualities of jazz and makes comparative reference to Fisher’s own ... More


A Furnace and the Life of the Dead

Clair Wills

in The Thing About Roy Fisher: Critical Studies

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780853235156
eISBN:
9781786945365
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853235156.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

Chapter eleven, written by Clair Wills, provides a close reading of Fisher’s A Furnace. In this chapter, Wills unpacks the poem’s most significant recurring motifs, including the mention of ghosts, ... More


Against Extremism

William Wootten

in The Alvarez Generation: Thom Gunn, Geoffrey Hill, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, and Peter Porter

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781781381632
eISBN:
9781781384893
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781381632.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter considers the attacks against Alvarez's extremism. In the 1960s and 1970s, there appeared something like a sub-genre devoted to attacking the notion of extremism in verse. Charles ... More


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