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Speaking To You

W. S. Graham

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/9780199657001.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Chapter 1 focuses on the public nature of W. S. Graham's apparently personal and private uses of addresses to known recipients. Graham's you takes shape as it performs complex negotiations in the ... More


Read Me if You Dare: Address and Misbehaviour

W. S. Graham

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/9780199657001.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter argues that Graham's unsettlingly direct addresses (reminiscent of Movement writings) seem to hail readers combatively: ‘I speak to you’, ‘Don’t fool me’. Like Larkin, Graham attacks ... More


‘Listen’: W.S. Graham

Ian Sansom

in W.S. Graham: Speaking Towards You

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853235699
eISBN:
9781846314407
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853235699.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

W. S. Graham was praised during his lifetime by T. S. Eliot and his poems were published by Faber and Faber, yet he is most admired and respected by poets and critics who despise mainstream poetry ... More


Graham and the 1940s

Tony Lopez

in W.S. Graham: Speaking Towards You

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853235699
eISBN:
9781846314407
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853235699.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter shows that both W. S. Graham and Philip Larkin had an interest in Dylan Thomas during the 1940s. Larkin confessed his youthful attachment to W. B. Yeats but said less about his ... More


Graham and the Numinous: ̒The ‘Centre Aloneness’ and the ‘Unhailed Water’

Hester Jones

in W.S. Graham: Speaking Towards You

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853235699
eISBN:
9781846314407
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853235699.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter examines how W. S. Graham views communication with another person and argues that his spirituality coincides with the process of reaching out to other people. It suggests that echoes of ... More


Dependence in the Poetry of W.S. Graham

Peter Robinson

in W.S. Graham: Speaking Towards You

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853235699
eISBN:
9781846314407
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853235699.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

At thirty-eight years old, W. S. Graham's poetry as well as his literary life appear to have been expressions of independence. However, his poetry, at least up to The Nightfishing (1955), was ... More


Syntax Gram and the Magic Typewriter: W.S. Graham's Automatic Writing

Matthew Francis

in W.S. Graham: Speaking Towards You

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853235699
eISBN:
9781846314407
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853235699.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

The creative energy and radical technique evident in W. S. Graham's late unpublished poetry constitute a significant avant-garde challenge to the institution of literature, particularly the fixity ... More


‘Wherever you listen from’: W. S. Graham and the Art of the Letter1

Angela Leighton

in Letter Writing Among Poets: From William Wordsworth to Elizabeth Bishop

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780748681327
eISBN:
9781474422239
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748681327.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

This chapter looks at W. S. Graham’s many wonderful letters to those contemporaries, painters and artists of the St Ives school, who shared his ideals, but who also often remain distant, idealised ... More


Introduction: Contacting Graham

Ralph Pite and Hester Jones

in W.S. Graham: Speaking Towards You

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853235699
eISBN:
9781846314407
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853235699.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

Sixteen years after his death in 1986, W. S. Graham's poetry has remained current, even gaining in stature and attracting more readers, particularly in the 1990s. Graham's growing reputation during ... More


‘Roaring between the lines’: W.S. Graham and the White Threshold of Line-Breaks

Adam Piette

in W.S. Graham: Speaking Towards You

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853235699
eISBN:
9781846314407
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853235699.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

As a poet, W. S. Graham is clearly influenced by William Wordsworth in the use of line-break white space. This is evident in Book XIII of Prelude (1805), in which Graham contemplates the sea of mist ... More


Abstract, Real and Particular: Graham and Painting

Ralph Pite

in W.S. Graham: Speaking Towards You

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853235699
eISBN:
9781846314407
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853235699.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

In 1956, W. S. Graham moved to the St Ives area of Cornwall where he would spend the remaining years of his life. This was where he had made contact with several artists connected to the St Ives ... More


W.S. Graham: Speaking Towards You

Ralph Pite and Hester Jones (eds)

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853235699
eISBN:
9781846314407
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846314407
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

W. S. Graham's work was published by T. S. Eliot in the 1940s and 1950s, but as a major post-war poet, his work has received astonishingly little critical attention given its prestige and influence. ... More


The Poetry of W.S. Graham

Edwin Morgan

in W.S. Graham: Speaking Towards You

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853235699
eISBN:
9781846314407
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853235699.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

The uncompromising chronological arrangement of W. S. Graham's ‘Collected Poems’ reminds readers of the whole heady iconolatry of the 1940s. In his early poems, the word is paramount but not meaning. ... More


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