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Poetic Artifice: A Theory of Twentieth-Century Poetry

Forrest-Thomson, Veronica

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ISBN 10: 0719007143 / ISBN 13: 9780719007149
Published by Manchester University Press, 1978
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Pages crisp and clean except for a brown spot affecting page 10-11, in the text area but not obscuring any, and some toning around the margins; no owners' marks; binding square and secure, hard cover mildly rubbed at corners and spine ends and a bit softened at the spine head, otherwise excellent. Jacket bears some small edge creases, a little chipping at the free corners and spine head, and very light surface rubbing, but is otherwise bright and attractive, now protected in a clear sleeve. 168pp. Bookseller Inventory # 057684

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Title: Poetic Artifice: A Theory of ...

Publisher: Manchester University Press

Publication Date: 1978

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

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First published posthumously in 1978 by Manchester University Press, this volume turned sharply against critics of the previous generation, notably William Empson, and against emergent strains of historicism. The book is an exhaustive (and sometimes exhausting) defence of "all the rhythmic, phonetic, verbal, and logical devices which make poetry different from prose." According to the author, such devices are responsible for poetry's most significant effect-not pleasure or ornament or some kind of special expressivity, but the production of "alternative imaginary orders."

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Veronica Forrest-Thomson (1947-1975) grew up in Glasgow, studied at the Universities of Liverpool and Cambridge, and later taught at the Universities of Leicester and Birmingham. She worked both as a poet and a critical theorist, and her poetry collections included Identi-kit (1967), the award-winning Language-Games (1971) and the posthumous On the Periphery (1976). Subsequent gatherings of her work include Collected Poems and Translations (1990), Selected Poems (1999), and from Shearsman Books, Collected Poems (2008).

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