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At the Barriers: On the Poetry of Thom Gunn

Joshua Weiner

Abstract

Maverick gay poetic icon Thom Gunn (1929–2004) and his body of work have long dared the British and American poetry establishments either to claim or disavow him. To critics in the UK and US alike, he demonstrated that formal poetry could successfully include new speech rhythms and open forms, and that experimental styles could still maintain technical and intellectual rigor. Along the way, Gunn's verse captured the social upheavals of the 1960s, the existential possibilities of the late twentieth century, and the tumult of post-Stonewall gay culture. This book surveys Gunn's career from his y ... More

Keywords: Thom Gunn, gay poetic icon, American poetry establishment, formal poetry, speech rhythms, open forms, experimental styles, intellectual rigor

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226890432
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226890371.001.0001

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Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joshua Weiner, editor

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