By Alan Robinson
The writer explores the impression on poetic perform within the Seventies and Eighties of modern theoretical advancements, delivering a feedback of the paintings of Seamus Heaney and of poets together with Michael Hofmann, reassessing existence on Mars and delivering retrospective surveys of Fleur Adcock and others.
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44}, whose 'shepherd of a solitary moon' burlesques Keats's pastoral persona in 'Endymion'. Reid ignores the metaphysical self-interrogation in Keats's critique of Romantic transcendentalism, which foregrounds the epistemological ambiguities of the dream vision and stresses the moral and emotional perils of idealism: I have clung To nothing, loved a nothing, nothing seen Or felt but a great dream! Oh, I have been Theatre of Trope 37 Presumptuous against love, against the sky, Against all elements, against the tie Of mortals each to each, against the blooms Of flowers, rush of rivers, and the tombs Of heroes gone!
His fruitless search for significant clues is paralleled by his parents' equally aimless reading of the garden's 'emblems and memories' and the coffee-table book which, when deciphered, celebrates 'the marriage of pen and paper', bringing husband and wife into conjugal harmony as they flip its pages together. l2). His affectionate diffidence gives him a distinctive voice as a love poet, the celebrant of fond intimacies and the unassuming daily texture of love rather than, like Raine, of passionate sensuality.
His affectionate diffidence gives him a distinctive voice as a love poet, the celebrant of fond intimacies and the unassuming daily texture of love rather than, like Raine, of passionate sensuality. Theatre of Trope 29 Which other poet would tum folding the weekend washing (P, p. 13) into a charming emblem of marital harmony? As if to confirm the chasteness of Reid's muse, his uxoriousness characteristically yearns for maternal reassurance: Maudlin without you, in a world lacking all reciprocity, I watched the emblems as they twirled, the brand-names blinking, and briefly felt the dull fear of a lost child.