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Oxford Mid-Century Studies Series

W. S. Graham

The Poem as Art Object

David Nowell Smith

W. S. Graham

Oxford Mid-Century Studies Series

W. S. Graham

The Poem as Art Object

Oxford Mid-Century Studies Series: W. S. Graham

 

David Nowell Smith draws on newly available archival materials to examine the work of British poet W. S. Graham. This book views Graham's work in light of the idea of the poem as 'art object', looking at both his written and visual/mixed-media artworks.


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Beschrijving Oxford Mid-Century Studies Series: W. S. Graham

Only in recent years has W. S. Graham come to be recognised as one of the great poets of the twentieth century. On the peripheries of UK poetry culture during his lifetime, he appears to us in many ways today as exemplary of the poetics of the mid-century: his extension of modernist explorations of rhythm and diction; his interweaving of linguistic and geographic places; his dialogue with the plastic arts; and the tensions that run through his work, between
philosophical seriousness and play, between solitude and sociality, regionalism and cosmopolitanism, between the heft and evanescence of poetry's medium. In the first concerted study of Graham's poetics in a generation, David Nowell Smith draws on newly unearthed archival materials—poems, manuscripts, and
visual/mixed-media work—to orient Graham's poetics around the question of the 'art object'. Graham sought throughout his work to craft his poems into honed, finished 'objects'; yet he was also intensely aware that poems only live when released into their afterlives: the poem's 'finished object' is never wholly finished. Nowell Smith situates this tension within broader debates around literary objecthood and builds up a broader reflection on language as a medium for art-making.


ISBN
9780192842909
Pagina's
240
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Serie
Oxford Mid-Century Studies Series
NUR
320
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP Oxford

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