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Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics

The Meaning of Form in Contemporary Innovative Poetry

Authors: Sheppard, Robert

  • Offers a rigorous reading and introduction to a range of formally innovative poetry in the contemporary North American and British context
  • Considers innovative formal qualities in connection to a range of topics including translation, performance, and conceptual poetry
  • Investigates the connections between formal experimentation and contemporary realities through readings of poets such as Veronica Forrest-Thomson, Kenneth Goldsmith, Rosemarie Waldrop and others.
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About this book

This study engages the life of form in contemporary innovative poetries through both an introduction to the latest theories and close readings of leading North American and British innovative poets. The critical approach derives from Robert Sheppard’s axiomatic contention that poetry is the investigation of complex contemporary realities through the means (meanings) of form. Analyzing the poetry of Rosmarie Waldrop, Caroline Bergval, Sean Bonney, Barry MacSweeney, Veronica Forrest-Thomson, Kenneth Goldsmith, Allen Fisher, and Geraldine Monk, Sheppard argues that their forms are a matter of authorial design and readerly engagement. 

About the authors

Robert Sheppard is Professor of Poetry and Poetics at Edge Hill University, UK, and a poet-critic. He is the author of History or Sleep: Selected Poems, The Poetry of Saying, a monograph on Iain Sinclair, and is the editor of an essay collection on Lee Harwood. 

Reviews

“Form matters. Robert Sheppard shows not only how but why that is in some of the most challenging and inventive poems of the time (and with a specific focus on British poetry). The Meaning of Form in Innovative Contemporary Poetry is a descriptive catalogue of the state of poetry today that opens up to the possibilities of the poetry of tomorrow.” (Charles Bernstein, Donald T. Regan Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of Pennsylvania, USA)

“This book is an informed and subtle intervention in current theoretical debates about form in poetry by one of the leading critics of contemporary British innovative poetry. Engaging with areas of poetry not normally included in such theoretical discussions, Robert Sheppard shows that they have a precise relevance to these debates. A significant contribution to the aesthetic turn in contemporary criticism, and a necessary work for anyone interested in contemporary British poetry.” (Robert Hampson FEA, FRSA, Professor of Modern Literature, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction: Form, Forms, and Forming

    Sheppard, Robert

    Pages 1-28

  • Veronica Forrest-Thomson: Poetic Artifice and Naturalization in Theory and Practice

    Sheppard, Robert

    Pages 29-46

  • Convention and Constraint: Form in the Innovative Sonnet Sequence

    Sheppard, Robert

    Pages 47-69

  • Translation as Transformation: Tim Atkins’ and Peter Hughes’ Petrarch

    Sheppard, Robert

    Pages 71-84

  • Meddling the Medieval: Caroline Bergvall and Erín Moure

    Sheppard, Robert

    Pages 85-100

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eBook £52.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-34045-6
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £66.99
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valid through October 16, 2017
  • ISBN 978-3-319-34044-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Meaning of Form in Contemporary Innovative Poetry
Authors
Series Title
Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-34045-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-34045-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-34044-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 248
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations
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