Reading Peter Reading

Bloodaxe, 2000 - 319 páginas
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Peter Reading is one of Britain's most prolific, versatile, startlingly contemporary, and strikingly original poets. Employing increasingly ingenious metrical skills, Reading maps out an inconsolably sad and, at times, hilariously funny picture of England -- and the world -- in decline. Tackling issues such as violence, illness, madness, homelessness, and environmental catastrophe, his eschatological vision chastises a world gone morally, ecologically, and politically insane. Both bleak and deeply humane, his harrowing art aspires to, nothing less than, a distilled elegiac epic of our time. The destruction also strikes at Reading's art itself -- the last six books are one long valedictory, culminating in his own death statement, Ob.

Reading Peter Reading illuminates the poet's thematic and formal concerns, paradoxes, and development, as well as underlining his major status in contemporary literature. Its updated, detailed, textual analysis will help the readers' understanding of the poetry and provide a thorough and substantial basis for any future critical discussion of Reading's work.

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Martin lays the foundation stone for the future edifice of Reading scholarship with this panoptic survey. The cooperation of the curmudgeonly bard himself makes this a useful companion to the Collected. Leer comentario completo


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Isabel Martin read English and Russian at Kiel, Cambridge and Moscow Universities. She is a literary critic who lectures part-time at Koblenz University, as well as working as a freelance teacher trainer, translator and interpreter. Her critical study Reading Peter Reading (Bloodaxe Books, 2000) is based on her pioneering doctoral dissertation on Peter Reading's work, awarded the State Prize of Kiel University.

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