Puns intended: The covering and uncovering of meaning in the poetry of Geoffrey Hill and Paul Muldoon

‘For ‘ludic’ read ‘lucid’ (‘Errata’, Paul Muldoon) The position of the pun in everyday language and the range of reactions to it demonstrate how divisive a device it can be. Puns are delighted in as well sneered at, groaned at and often considered the lowest form of wit, as famously advocated by Samuel Johnson. Jonathan… Continue reading Puns intended: The covering and uncovering of meaning in the poetry of Geoffrey Hill and Paul Muldoon

‘Poetry is not a luxury’: Power and politics in the work of Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich and Allen Ginsberg

‘The personal is the political’. These words, that became the seminal message of the 1970s feminist movement, are at the heart of Audre Lorde’s assertion that ‘poetry is not a luxury’. The language, form and content of Lorde’s poems demonstrate that her poetry does not present an abstract, idealised view of the world but is… Continue reading ‘Poetry is not a luxury’: Power and politics in the work of Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich and Allen Ginsberg