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The movement, the British poetry revival, and located identity in twentieth-century British poetry : with a focus on the work of Donald Davie, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Allen Fisher, Roy Fisher, Lee Harwood, Elizabeth Jennings, Philip Larkin, and John Wain

Rogers, Samuel J. W. (2014) The movement, the British poetry revival, and located identity in twentieth-century British poetry : with a focus on the work of Donald Davie, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Allen Fisher, Roy Fisher, Lee Harwood, Elizabeth Jennings, Philip Larkin, and John Wain. PhD thesis, Prifysgol Bangor University.

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Abstract

This thesis will focus on the work of eight British poets established in the 1950s or ‘60s as part of either the ‘Movement’ or the ‘British Poetry Revival’. The research will proceed from the prominent role played by these two groupings in understandings of British poetry, as expressed in existing criticism and in a number of poetry anthologies. As will be demonstrated, the opposition of these groups frequently stands in place of a more fundamental binary view of twentieth-century British poetry, which might be expressed in terms of mainstream versus margins or traditionalism versus experimentalism. At the core of this thesis, the eight poets under discussion will be placed in a series of comparisons that deliberately invokes such a binary split. Reading their poetry with a focus on landscape and ‘located identity’, I will suggest that the opposition between Movement and Revival poetry may be re-examined with a geographical or spatial emphasis. After introducing the critical terrain, I will demonstrate how poetry anthologies have helped frame the two groups of poets with potentially incompatible models of literary history. These models will be shown to engage with questions of cultural identity and the relationship of literary texts to national space. This will lay the foundations for my central chapters, which will each begin with a literary method of distinguishing Movement and Revival practice, but will then reveal the discourses of identity, locality, and territory that are also involved. Thus, the thesis will engage with matters of realism, syntax, lyricism, and poetic structure, for instance, but will also intimately connect such considerations to its central concern with located identity. By enacting this re-phrasing of an existing binary, I aim not only to fruitfully illuminate and interlink the two bodies of poetry, but also to suggest an altered method of mapping British poetry.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
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Subjects: Degree Thesis
Departments: College of Arts and Humanities > School of English Literature
Degree Thesis
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2015 15:52
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2016 15:39
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/4981
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