This selection of letters (1938-1985) belonging to a major figure on the post-1945 scene allows a glimpse of his often turbulent life.
Author: William Sydney Graham
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Category: Literary Collections
William Sydney Graham (1918-1986) was born in Greenock, Scotland, 'beside the sugar house quays' - a setting open to the sea. He remained a Celt, moving from Scotland to Cornwall where he found seascapes without urban clutter, just an occasional ruined tin-mine with its human echo. In the 1950s and 1960s he became a key member of the artistic scene in St Ives. A friend of T.S. Eliot, Dylan Thomas, Edwin Morgan, Roger Hilton, Peter Lanyon and many others, he could be demanding, but he gave back generously. A prolific letter-writer, he is first heard here in the passionate apprentice years, then writing from and of Fitzrovia, the Apocalypse, and his years in Cornwall after The Nightfishing (1955). We come at last to his apotheosis in the brilliance and wry wisdom of his late work. Dedication and commitment to his craft produced an extraordinary body of work during a life lived wildly and to the full. These letters (interspersed with poems and drawings) are a testament to the close intellectual and spiritual bonds with nourished his writing over many years.
28 The Nightfisherman, 78. 29 Ibid. 167–8. 30 Tom Leonard, 'Journeys',
Edinburgh Review, 75(1986), 83–7, 87. 31 The Nightfisherman, 337. Certainly,
Graham's opening gambits at readings could be unnerving: not 212 W. S.
Graham: In the ...
Author: Angela Leighton
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
Category: Literary Criticism
What is form? Why does form matter? In this imaginative and ambitious study, Angela Leighton assesses not only the legacy of Victorian aestheticism, and its richly resourceful keyword, 'form', but also the very nature of the literary. She shows how writers, for two centuries and more, have returned to the idea of form as something which contains the secret of art itself. She tracks the development of the word from the Romantics to contemporary poets, and offers close readings of, among others, Tennyson, Pater, Woolf, Yeats, Stevens, and Plath, to show how form has provided the single most important way of accounting for the movements of literary language itself. She investigates, for instance, the old debate of form and content, of form as music or sound-shape, as the ghostly dynamic and dynamics of a text, as well as its long association with the aestheticist principle of being 'for nothing'. In a wide-ranging and inventive argument, she suggests that form is the key to the pleasure of the literary text, and that that pleasure is part of what literary criticism itself needs to answer and convey.
20 Undated letter to Edwin Morgan [c.1950], W.S. Graham, The Nightfisherman:
Selected Letters of W.S. Graham, ed. Michael Snow and Margaret Snow (
Manchester: Carcanet, 1999), p.118. 21 Letter to William Montgomerie, 20
August 1944, ...
Author: Neil Corcoran
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
The last century was characterised by an extraordinary flowering of the art of poetry in Britain. These specially commissioned essays by some of the most highly regarded poetry critics offer a stimulating and reliable overview of English poetry of the twentieth century. The opening section on contexts will both orientate readers relatively new to the field and provide provocative syntheses for those already familiar with it. Following the terms introduced by this section, individual chapters cover many ways of looking at the 'modern', the 'modernist' and the 'postmodern'. The core of the volume is made up of extensive discussions of individual poets, from W. B. Yeats and W. H. Auden to contemporary poets such as Simon Armitage and Carol Ann Duffy. In its coverage of the development, themes and contexts of modern poetry, this Companion is the most useful guide available for students, lecturers and readers.
This review by James Keery of The Nightfisherman: Selected Letters of W. S.
Graham is the source from which many of my comments are taken. This event
was commemorated by David Wright in his poem 'Incident in Soho', which
Author: John Goodby
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
Published in anticipation of the centenary of the poet's birth, The Poetry of Dylan Thomas is the first study of poet to show how his work may be read in terms of contemporary critical concerns, using theories of modernism, the body, gender, the carnivalesque, language, hybridity and the pastoral in order to view it in an original light. Moreover, in presenting a Dylan Thomas who has real significance for twenty-first century readers, it shows that such a reappraisal also requires us to re-think some of the ways in which all post-Waste Land British poetry has been read in the last few decades.
For those who wish a deeper knowledge of Graham and his contemporaries , The Nightfisherman , Selected Letters of W . S . Graham , edited by Michael and
Margaret Snow and published by Michael Schmidt at Carcanet , as well as The ...
Pinter puts in an appearance toward the end of The Nightfisherman, as an
admirer of Graham's work, as a public reader and supporter of it, and as a private
patron. God knows Graham needed him, or needed such a figure, his life was
one of ...
Author: Michael Hofmann
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Category: Literary Criticism
An adventure with a roving genius of literary criticism Michael Hofmann—poet, translator, and intellectual vagabond—has established himself as one of the keenest critics of contemporary literature. Safely nestled between the covers of Where Have You Been?, he offers a hand to guide us and an encouraging whisper in our ear, leading us on a trip through what to read, how to think, and why to like. And while these essays bear sharp insights that will help us revisit writers with a fresh eye, they are also a story of love between a reader and his treasured books. In the thirty essays collected here, Hofmann brings his signature wit and sustained critical mastery to a poetic, penetrating, and candid discussion of the writers and artists of the last hundred years. Here are the indispensable poets without which contemporary poetry would be unimaginable—Elizabeth Bishop, "the poets' poets' poet," the "ghostly skill" of Robert Lowell, and the man he calls the greatest English poet since Shakespeare, Ted Hughes. But he also illumines the despair of John Berryman and the antics of poetry's bogeyman, Frederick Seidel. In essays on art that are themselves works of art, Hofmann's agile and brilliant mind explores a panoply of subjects from the mastery of translation to the best day job for a poet. What these diverse gems share are the critic's insatiable curiosity and great charm. Where Have You Been? is an unmissable journey with literature's most irresistible flaneur.
... the conventional place for signing off; and as it happened, he didn't, or didn't
quite. The remains of that same message greet the reader who embarks on the nightfisherman's Selected Letters, and in that embodiment the note to Morgan
Author: Ralph Pite
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
Graham’s work was published by T. S. Eliot in the 1940s and 50s, but as a major post-war poet, his work has received astonishingly little critical attention given its prestige and influence. This collection of essays covers all aspects of Graham’s work – its critical reception, recent influence and its relations with other developments in the arts, in particular the work of the St Ives School of visual artists. It includes some biographical material (brief reminiscences by and interviews with those who knew him) and discussions of the material contained in several collections of manuscripts. Nothing so far published has paid attention to these manuscript collections or to the large number of uncollected poems published since his death. Neither has enough been written about Graham’s importance to poets of the 1980s and 1990s. "The ten essays in this book are all extremely competent studies of Graham’s work [...] constantly aware of the subtleties of Graham’s very individual attitudes to his art. The book will make an excellent companion for many readers and students."—PNReview
The Nightfisherman : Selected Letters of W . S . Graham ( Manchester , 1999 ) , p
. 156 . W . S . Graham , ' Notes on a Poetry of Release ' , Poetry Scotland , 3 ( July
1946 ) ; repr . in Selected Letters , pp 379 – 83 . The Nightfisherman , p . 154 .
Author: Michael Bird
Publisher: Lund Humphries Pub Limited
St Ives is unique in British art history. Between the Second World War and the 1970s, many progressive artists chose to work and often settle around this small port in the far west of Cornwall.Drawing on fresh research, Michael Bird has created a fascinating and highly readable account of St Ives and its artists.
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Japanese nõ theatre or the drama of 'perfected art' flourished in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries largely through the genius of the dramatist Zeami. An intricate fusion of music, dance, mask, costume and language, the dramas address many subjects, but the idea of 'form' is more central than 'meaning' and their structure is always ritualized. Selected for their literary merit, the twenty-four plays in this volume dramatize such ideas as the relationship between men and the gods, brother and sister, parent and child, lover and beloved, and the power of greed and desire. Revered in Japan as a cultural treasure, the spiritual and sensuous beauty of these works has been a profound influence for English-speaking artists including W. B. Yeats, Ezra Pound and Benjamin Britten.
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The night fisherman needs the stars to guide his course. Wind and current affect
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Ancient Hawaiian Civilization takes us back to Hawaii's " stone age," when there wasn't an alphabet, numbering system, or other civilized distinctions as we know them. Still rules of living, modes, and customs permitted large numbers of people to live healthfully and happily throughout the islands. This fascinating history of Hawaii is " must" reading for anyone who has been, wants to go, or lives in America 's 50th State. This book authoritatively introduces the general reader to what was once a golden era of Hawaiian history and culture, the time when the islands were strictly Hawaiian Hawaii. Though the islands are almost completely westernized today, many facets from this golden age remain to make America's 50th State a " living laboratory" for the cultural and social study of racial migration and assimilation. This volume represents the knowledge and experience of no less than 16 scholars. The combined areas of specialization by no less than 16 authors have been carefully selected and grouped to make up this volume. Together, the authors comprise a truly formidable forum of Hawaiian thought and learning. Ethnologists, geologists, zoologists, and medical doctors are but a few of the areas of specialization represented in these pages.
... scenes gone by ? Her long black hair floats loosely on the wind , Let the waves
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See Michael and Margaret Snow (eds), The Nightfisherman: Selected Letters of
W.S. Graham, Manchester 1999, pp.153-5. 3 Information from “Ruth Hilton
Memoir and Biographical Events' both in Lewis 1995, and David Brown (ed.), St
Author: Chris Stephens
Category: Painting, Abstract
Roger Hilton's paintings of the early 1950s employed a limited palette of primary colours and were strongly abstract, and his later works included elements of the St Ives landscape and nude studies as he continued to expand his oeuvre. This book explores his life and work, examining his artistic development.