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The Poet and his Audience : Cambridge Paperback Library - Ian Jack

The Poet and his Audience

Cambridge Paperback Library

By: Ian Jack

Paperback Published: 3rd September 1984
ISBN: 9780521278096
Number Of Pages: 208

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How far, and in what respects, is a poet's work influenced by the kind of audience for which he writes? The question is crucial to our understanding of how great poems came to be written, yet until now it has never been addressed in a systematic study. In this fascinating and illuminating book Ian Jack has chosen six major poets - Dryden, Pope, Byron, Shelley, Tennyson, and Yeats - and has traced the career of each to discover the nature and the extent of their readers' influence on their poetry. He shows that poets living in different periods and different cultural milieux addressed themselves to very differently constituted audiences (though all tended to have a close circle of highly sensitive friends on whom they could first test their work in private), and indicates how their need to adapt to the prevailing conditions shaped the nature of their poetry.

Dryden: servant to the King
Pope: no man's slave
Byron: too sincere a poet
Shelley: the unacknowledged legislator
Tennyson: Laureate to Victoria
Yeats: always an Irish writer
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ISBN: 9780521278096
ISBN-10: 0521278090
Series: Cambridge Paperback Library
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 3rd September 1984
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.22
Weight (kg): 0.27