Chapter 9. Contemporary British Women Poets and the Lyric Subject

  1. Nigel Alderman Assistant Professor2 and
  2. C. D. Blanton Assistant Professor3
  1. Linda A. Kinnahan Professor

Published Online: 23 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310306.ch9

A Concise Companion to Postwar British and Irish Poetry

A Concise Companion to Postwar British and Irish Poetry

How to Cite

Kinnahan, L. A. (2009) Contemporary British Women Poets and the Lyric Subject, in A Concise Companion to Postwar British and Irish Poetry (eds N. Alderman and C. D. Blanton), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310306.ch9

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Mount Holyoke College, USA

  2. 3

    University of California, Berkeley, USA

Author Information

  1. Duquesne University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 10 APR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405129244

Online ISBN: 9781444310306

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Keywords:

  • contemporary manifestation - Britain's post-World War II Movement regarded as dominant poetry of the 1950s and 1960s;
  • characteristical lyric - speaking directly and accessibly;
  • commonwealth citizenship – changing the face of “British subject” complicating notions of national identity;
  • Clarke's lyric - as a chronicler of women's lives, those lost to history and those lost in her own personal life;
  • Cofiant - signifying a practice beginning in nineteenth century through which a subject's life was told through accounts of his life

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Lyric “I”

  • Reframing the Self

  • Lyric Strains

  • Further Reading