Veronica Forrest-Thomson, 1st ed. 2017
Poet on the Periphery

Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics Series


Language: Anglais
Cover of the book Veronica Forrest-Thomson


French structuralism;twentieth-century British literary studies;F;R;Leavis;William Empson;poststructuralism;models of language;debates on twentieth-century poetic form;Ludwig Wittgenstein;Donald Davie;Veronica Forrest-Thomson and literary debate;theoret

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This study offers a comprehensive examination of the work of the young poet and scholar, Veronica Forrest-Thomson (1947-1975) in the context of a literary-critical revolution of the late sixties and seventies and evaluates her work against contemporary debates in poetry and poetics. Gareth Farmer explores Forrest-Thomson?s relationship to the conflicting models of literary criticism in the twentieth century such as the close-reading models of F.R Leavis and William Empson, postructuralist models, and the work of Ludwig Wittgenstein.  Written by the leading scholar on Forrest-Thomson?s work, this study explores Forrest-Thomson?s published work as well as unpublished materials from the Veronica Forrest-Thomson Archive. Drawing on close readings of Forrest-Thomson?s writings, this study argues that her work enables us reevaluate literary-critical history and suggests new paradigms for the literary aesthetics and poetics of the future.

1 Introduction – Poet on the Periphery.- 2 The Reluctant Radical: Identi-kit and Uncollected Early Poems.- 3 Cambridge, Verbal Hiccups and Iambics: twelve academic questions and Language-Games.- 4 Poetic Artifice and the Defence of Form.- 5 Simplicity and Complexity in the Quest for Style.- 6 Control and Excess in the Quest for ‘Writing Straight’.- 7 Coda – The Risks of ‘freedom, truth and skill’.

Gareth Farmer is Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Bedfordshire, UK and a poet. He has written essays on a range of modern and contemporary experimental writers and on literary and critical theory. He is the Senior Academic Consultant to the Veronica Forrest-Thomson Archive at Girton College Library, Cambridge.

Features archival and new material written by Forrest-Thomson

Revitalizes the small body of criticism on Forrest-Thomson’s work in light of contemporary theory

Highlights the connections between Forrest-Thomson’s work and developments in modernist and affect studies