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Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics

Barry MacSweeney and the Politics of Post-War British Poetry

Seditious Things

Authors: Roberts, Luke

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  • Considers the poetic significance of radical political struggle for MacSweeney and his contemporaries in post-war Britain
  • Offers an original contribution by weaving together archival literary history and the material analysis of MacSweeney’s literary production
  • Sheds light on the economic, social, and historical struggles of post-war Britain through close readings of Barry MacSweeney’s political poetry
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This book examines the literary impact of famed British poet, Barry MacSweeney, who worked at the forefront of poetic discovery in post-war Britain.  Agitated equally by politics and the possibilities of artistic experimentation, Barry MacSweeney was ridiculed in the press, his literary reputation only recovering towards the end of his life which was cut short by alcoholism. With close readings of MacSweeney alongside his contemporaries, precursors, and influences, including J.H. Prynne, Shelley, Jack Spicer, and Sylvia Plath, Luke Roberts offers a fresh introduction to the field of modern poetry. Richly detailed with archival and bibliographic research, this book recovers the social and political context of MacSweeney’s exciting, challenging, and controversial impact on modern and contemporary poetry.

About the authors

Luke Roberts is a Lecturer in Modern Poetry at King’s College London, UK. His writing on English and American poetry has appeared in Textual PracticeChicago Review, PN Review and in edited collections such as Modernist Legacies (2014) and Accelerated Times (2016). In 2012, he co-edited Certain Prose of the English Intelligencer. His own poetry has been published widely.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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eBook £59.99
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Hardcover £74.99
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover £74.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-83407-8
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Barry MacSweeney and the Politics of Post-War British Poetry
Book Subtitle
Seditious Things
Authors
Series Title
Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-45958-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-45958-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-45957-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-83407-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 241
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