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Contemporary poetry and classics

Oliver Taplin

in Classics in Progress: Essays on Ancient Greece and Rome

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197263235
eISBN:
9780191734328
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197263235.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter looks at the here and now and the unselfconscious use of Greek and Latin writers by contemporary British and Irish poets. In 1973 an enterprising garland-maker collected together some ... More


New Light on Tony Harrison

Edith Hall (ed.)

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780197266519
eISBN:
9780191884238
Item type:
book
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197266519.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This volume of essays arose from a conference which marked the 80th birthday of prizewinning British poet Tony Harrison on 30 April 2017 and with his agreement constitutes his ‘official’ Festschrift. ... More


Verbal and Visual Witnessing: Tony Harrison’s Euripides

Edith Hall

in New Light on Tony Harrison

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780197266519
eISBN:
9780191884238
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197266519.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter explores the theme of witnessing in Harrison’s later theatre works, especially the contrast between photographic and poetic records and accounts of trauma. It argues that Harrison’s ... More


Culture/Barbarism Dialectics in Harrison's Poetry

in Tony Harrison and The Holocaust

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853235064
eISBN:
9781846314254
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853235064.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter examines Tony Harrison's view about the relationship between culture and the working class from a post-Holocaust perspective, focusing on the representation of atrocity in his ... More


Modernism and the ‘Double Consciousness’ of Myth in Tony Harrison’s Poetry and Metamorpheus

Antony Rowland

in New Light on Tony Harrison

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780197266519
eISBN:
9780191884238
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197266519.003.0016
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter looks at the relationship between Tony Harrison’s work and the legacies of modernism. In the dominant version of Harrison’s relationship with modernism, the poet undergoes a ‘Eureka’ ... More


Classics as School of Empire

Emily Greenwood

in Afro-Greeks: Dialogues between Anglophone Caribbean Literature and Classics in the Twentieth Century

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199575244
eISBN:
9780191722189
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199575244.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines the influence of the colonial educational curriculum in the British West Indies on the invention of a distinctive mode of Caribbean Classics. The first half of the chapter ... More


Tony Harrison: Nigeria, Masque and Masks

Rachel Bower

in New Light on Tony Harrison

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780197266519
eISBN:
9780191884238
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197266519.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

Rachel Bower pays unprecedented attention to Aikin Mata, the version of Aristophanes’ bawdy comedy Lysistrata that Harrison wrote and produced with the Irish poet, James Simmons, when they were ... More


The Early Years at the National Theatre: Harrison’s Molière and Racine

Hallie Marshall

in New Light on Tony Harrison

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780197266519
eISBN:
9780191884238
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197266519.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

While Tony Harrison’s career as a poet was perhaps inevitable by the early 1970s with the publication of his award winning volume The Loiners (1970), this chapter argues that it was not a given that ... More


Close Encounters of the Verse Kind: On Meeting Tony Harrison

Simon Armitage

in New Light on Tony Harrison

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780197266519
eISBN:
9780191884238
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197266519.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

In a personal and anecdotal chapter, Simon Armitage reflects on a number of encounters with the poetry of Tony Harrison and with Harrison himself. Armitage locates in Harrison's approach to writing a ... More


Tony Harrison and the Guardian

Claire Armitstead

in New Light on Tony Harrison

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780197266519
eISBN:
9780191884238
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197266519.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

In 1991 Tony Harrison was commissioned by Alan Rusbridger, then editor of the Guardian, to write two poems on the Gulf War. The result was ‘Initial Illumination’ and ‘’A Cold Coming’. in 1995, the ... More


Cinema, Masturbation and Peter Pan: A Non-Victim Approach to the Holocaust

in Tony Harrison and The Holocaust

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853235064
eISBN:
9781846314254
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853235064.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter examines Tony Harrison's approach to writing about the Holocaust. It discusses a quotation from Harrison which posits Hiroshima bombing and the Holocaust as loci for his poetry and ... More


Lost in the Original: Tony Harrison as a Classicist Poet

Josephine Balmer

in New Light on Tony Harrison

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780197266519
eISBN:
9780191884238
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197266519.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

How does a classical education benefit a contemporary poet and how might it impede their creative development? Tony Harrison’s engagement with classical literature is wide-ranging and diverse. He has ... More


The Only Tone for Terror: Tony Harrison and the Gorgon’s Gaze

Henry Stead

in New Light on Tony Harrison

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780197266519
eISBN:
9780191884238
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197266519.003.0017
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter introduces the reader to Tony Harrison’s audiovisual poetry, composed for and broadcast on British television through the late 1980s and 1990s. Harrison has to date made twelve full ... More


Introduction

in Tony Harrison and The Holocaust

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853235064
eISBN:
9781846314254
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853235064.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this volume which is about the depiction of the Holocaust in the poetry of Tony Harrison. This volume examines the view that Harrison's poetry is ... More


Old Authentic Words: You, Them, & Us

C. H. Sisson

in Speaking to You: Contemporary Poetry and Public Address

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199657001
eISBN:
9780191742194
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199657001.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter considers both the respects in which Sisson's address succeeds in, and in which it falls considerably short of, breathing new life into Eliotic and Poundian forms and styles, testing out ... More


Amorous Discourse and ‘Bolts of Annihilation’ in the American Poems

in Tony Harrison and The Holocaust

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853235064
eISBN:
9781846314254
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853235064.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter examines the treatment of the Holocaust in the love poetry of Tony Harrison. It suggests that Harrison follows that of historicist writing about love that explores its function in the ... More


the Fragility of Memory

in Tony Harrison and The Holocaust

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853235064
eISBN:
9781846314254
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853235064.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter examines the treatment of the concepts of memory and memorialisation in the poetry of Tony Harrison. It analyses some of his poems that focus on Alzheimer's patients and lovers who were ... More


A Poet behind the Camera

Peter Symes

in New Light on Tony Harrison

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780197266519
eISBN:
9780191884238
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197266519.003.0015
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

In this chapter Peter Symes explores Tony Harrison’s film-poems, describing how over the last four decades the poet has constantly experimented and learned from discovery, hard graft, trial and ... More


Mourning and Annihilation in the Family Sonnets

in Tony Harrison and The Holocaust

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853235064
eISBN:
9781846314254
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853235064.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter examines the mourning poems or elegies of Tony Harrison. It analyses three family sonnets in which a more general sense of annihilation is evoked rather than the specific shadow of the ... More


Tony Harrison and The Holocaust

Antony Rowland

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853235064
eISBN:
9781846314254
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846314254
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This book argues that Tony Harrison's poetry is barbaric. It revisits Theodor Adorno's apparent dismissal of post-Holocaust poetry as ‘impossible’ or ‘barbaric’. His statement is reinterpreted as ... More


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