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'Blasts of language': changes in oral poetics in Britain Since 1965

Marsh, Nicky, Middleton, Peter and Sheppard, Victoria (2006) 'Blasts of language': changes in oral poetics in Britain Since 1965 Oral Tradition, 21, (1), pp. 44-67.

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This article examines how oral performances of poetry have proliferated over the past forty years to become an essential part of the writing and distribution of poetry in the UK. Our analysis of this phenomenon involves historical research and suggests new ways of looking at the construction of poetic meaning. We draw on interviews with practitioners from diverse poetry communities in considering how performance challenges the exclusive emphasis on the silent, printed text in existing histories of English language poetry.

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Published date: March 2006
Keywords: poetry, performance, reading, orality, tradition, oral poetics, britain


Local EPrints ID: 48476
ISSN: 0883-5365
PURE UUID: 856187e8-b75b-49a8-a2fb-c3ba2c564395

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Date deposited: 25 Sep 2007
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 14:59

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Author: Nicky Marsh
Author: Peter Middleton
Author: Victoria Sheppard

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