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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

On the peripheries of UK poetry culture during his lifetime, W. S. Graham is now recognized one of the great poets of the twentieth century. In the first concerted study of Graham's poetics in a generation, David Nowell Smith argues that Graham is exemplary for 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, solitude and sociality, regionalism and cosmopolitanism, the heft and evanescence of poetry's medium. Drawing on newly unearthed archival materials, Nowell Smith orients Graham's poetics around the question of the 'art object'. Graham
sought to craft his poems into honed, finished 'objects'; yet he was also aware that the poem's 'finished object' is never wholly finished. Graham's work thus facilitates a broader reflection on language as a medium for art-making.


ISBN
9780192842909
Pagina's
304
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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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