Centre and Periphery in Modern British Poetry

BookCentre and Periphery in Modern British Poetry

Centre and Periphery in Modern British Poetry

Liverpool English Texts and Studies, 34


January 1st, 2005

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Does what is true depend on where you are? or, can we speak of a British culture which varies gradually over the 600 miles from one end of the island to the other, with currents gradually mutating and turning into their opposites as they cross such a distance? In Centre and Periphery in Modern British Poetry Andrew Duncan (a published poet himself) identifies distinctive traditions in three regions of the Britsh Isles providing a polemic tour of Scotland, Wales, and the North of England while revealing the struggle for ‘cultural assets’. The book exposes the possibility that the finest poets of the last 50 years have lived in the outlands, not networking and neglecting to acquire linguistic signs of status. Centre and Periphery in Modern British Poetry provides insightful accounts of major poets such as Sorley Maclean, Glyn Jones, Colin Simms, and Michael Haslam.


Author Information

Andrew Duncan is a poet and literary critic. Between 1992 and 1998 he was editor of the poetry magazine 'Angel Exhaust' and is a regular contributor to 'Poetry Review'.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
Part 1: The Spatial Distribution of Cultural Assets13
1: The State of Poetry15
2: The Structure of Space49
3: Centre and Periphery64
4: Oral versus Literate82
Part II: Poetry of the North-Western Periphery121
5: ‘A Native Ardour of their Minds which Brooked No Master’: Poetry in the North of England123
6: Celticity Cumulative and in Decline: Poetry in the West of Scotland180
7: Putting a People in its Place: Anglo-Welsh Poetry 1937-1979215
Conclusion: Balkanisation: The Sound of Confusion253