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Formal innovation in non-mainstream British poetry since 1985

Abstract : The article proposes an analysis of the formal achievements of recent British poetry from outside the publishing mainstream. It argues that comment on formal aspects of non-mainstream poetry typically focuses on the interpretative implications of an avoidance of conventional syntaxes and prosodies, rather than on detailed analysis of the new forms that may be proposed in their stead. Following a brief history and critical overview of the field, the article therefore attempts to offer a technically precise analysis of a range of such forms from work by poets including Bill Griffiths, R. F. Langley, Barry MacSweeney, Drew Milne, Geraldine Monk, Tom Raworth, Denise Riley and Harriet Tarlo. Particular attention is paid to rhythm, which is analysed following a model that combines beat-offbeat metrics with work on speech rhythm within contemporary phonetics; also discussed are page layout, typography, and punctuation.
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Lacy Rumsey. Formal innovation in non-mainstream British poetry since 1985. Etudes Anglaises, Klincksieck, 2007, 60 (3), pp.330-345. ⟨halshs-00432459⟩



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