Oxford Handbook of Contemporary British and Irish Poetry
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of Pages: 782
Width: 17 cm
Height: 24.5 cm
The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary British and Irish Poetry offers thirty-eight chapters of ground breaking research that form a collaborative guide to the many groupings and movements, the locations and styles, as well as concerns (aesthetic, political, cultural and ethical) that have helped shape contemporary poetry in Britain and Ireland. The book's introduction offers an anthropological participant-observer approach to its variously conflicted subjects, while exploring the limits and openness of the contemporary as a shifting and never wholly knowable category. The five ensuing sections explore: a history of the period's poetic movements; its engagement with form, technique, and the other arts; its association with particular locations and places; its connection with, and difference from, poetry in other parts of the world; and its circling around such ethical issues as whether poetry can perform actions in the world, can atone, redress, or repair, and how its significance is inseparable from acts of evaluation in both poets and readers. Though the book is not structured to feature chapters on authors thought to be canonical, on the principle that contemporary writers are by definition not yet canonical, the volume contains commentary on many prominent poets, as well as finding space for its contributors' enthusiasms for numerous less familiar figures. It has been organized to be read from cover to cover as an ever deepening exploration of a complex field, to be read in one or more of its five thematically structured sections, or indeed to be read by picking out single chapters or discussions of poets that particularly interest its individual readers.
probably the major publication on British poetry since 1950 ... it is a tribute to the editor's wise and good-natured open-mindedness that he has managed to bring so many of the 'ways of life' which call themselves poetry under one roof. * The Year's Work in English Studies * the intellectual grasp of each subject underpinning every chapter is superb. The breadth and depth of the chapters and the volume as a whole make this a marvellous guide to contemporary British and Irish poetry ... The straightforward style of writing is never patronising or pedantically academic, making it a pleasure to read for any purpose. * Reference Reviews * Peter Robinson's ... skilful navigation of the always mist-shrouded waters of the present is conducted with unostentatious conviction ... a lively and informative book ... It gives strong representation to poetries often marginalized in such overview books, and it is a very considerable achievement. * The Review of English Studies * Its range is enormous and will serve for many years to come as a perspective upon the various aspects of the poetic scene ... immensely informative and exciting contents. * Tears in the Fence *