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Green voices: understanding contemporary nature poetry. 2nd ed

Gifford, T (2011) Green voices: understanding contemporary nature poetry. 2nd ed. Critical, Cultural and Communications Press, Nottingham. ISBN 9781905510290

Abstract

This text seeks to discover what different notions of nature actually underlie contemporary poetry, and how they relate to traditional assumptions about "nature" in the poetry of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England. It also asks what new contributions to British nature poetry have been made by Black and Asian poets, by women and radical green poets. The author argues that the traditions of Pope and Goldsmith are continued in the present day by the likes of R.S. Thomas, George Mackay Brown, John Montague and Norman Nicholson. Patrick Kavanagh and others work in an "anti-pastoralist" tradition of Crabbe and Clare. Defining a "post-pastoral" poetry are Seamus Heaney, the successor to Wordsworth, and Ted Hughes, successor to Blake. In Scotland, Sorley Maclean's poetry has taken Gaelic nature poetry into the age of the nuclear threat. A chapter examining the attitudes towards the environment of 16 contemporary poets concludes the book.

Item Type: Book
Additional Information:

This book is a second edition containing a new introduction entitled, 'The challenge of ecopoetics". The first edition was printed in 1995 (Manchester: Manchester University Press).

Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GB Physical geography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0441 Literary History
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
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