Tuesday, October 09, 2012

News at Eleven: [Fiona Sampson's] tactic is to produce a taxonomy

of British poetry--13 categories, "Plain Dealers" and "Dandies" to "Exploded Lyricists"--and to make sense of the variety of styles by clustering poets together. This clever separation does concentrate the mind. It allows Sampson space to dig deeply into specifics--to tackle the bugbear about poetry analysis being vague.

from The Independent: Beyond the Lyric: A Map of Contemporary British Poetry


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