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Public poetry performances of the 1970s and 1980s:reconsiderations of poetic licence

Gräbner, Cornelia (2012) Public poetry performances of the 1970s and 1980s:reconsiderations of poetic licence. In: Lírica i deslírica. University of the Balearic Islands Press, Palma de Mallorca.

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Abstract

The term ‘poetic licence’ is developed as a ‘searchlight concept’, for the purpose of exploring the relationship between poetry performances from the 1970s, and the poetic tradition. I take Marjorie Perloff’s reflections on ‘poetic licence’ in her book of this title as a point of departure, and then extend these reflections through the analysis of poetry performances by Linton Kwesi Johnson and Urs M. Fiechtner & Sergio Vesely. ‘Poetic licence’ is developed as a useful concept to understand the diverse types of relationality that are developed in the poetry performance (Johnson: affirmation of the collective experience of his generation in explicit defiance of the poetic conventions of white Britain; Fiechtner & Vesely: the performance as a platform where poetry critiques society in an Adornian manner). Both performance practices are connected through their positing of poetry as a force autonomous from, and opposed to the establishment; and the performance is turned into the platform for such a critique.

Item Type: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings
Uncontrolled Keywords: spoken word poetry ; contemporary poetry ; literary theory
Subjects: P Language and Literature
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > European Languages & Cultures
ID Code: 50389
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 15 Oct 2011 16:58
Refereed?: No
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2012 08:56
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/50389

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