Journals Higher Education



Published: 28 December 2000

272 Pages

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780719055942

Bookseller Code (06)


Contemporary British poetry and the city

Peter Barry

Published by Manchester University Press

  • Though poets have always written about cities, the commonest critical categories (pastoral poetry, nature poetry, Romantic poetry, Georgian poetry, etc. ) have usually stressed the rural, so that poetry can seem irrelevant to a predominantly urban populati.
  • Explores a range of contemporary poets who visit the 'mean streets' of the contemporary urban scene, seeking the often cacophonous music of what happens here. Poets discussed include: Ken Smith, Iain Sinclair, Roy Fisher, Edwin Morgan, Sean O'Brien, Ciaran Carson, Peter Reading, Matt Simpson, Douglas Houston, Deryn Rees-Jones, Denise Riley, Ken Edwards, Levi Tafari, Aidan Hun, and Robert Hampson.
  • Approaches contemporary poetry within a broad spectrum of personal, social, literary, and cultural concerns
  • Includes 'loco-specific' chapters, on cities including Hull, Liverpool, London, and Birmingham, with an additional chapter on 'post-industrial' cities such as Belfast, Glasgow and Dundee

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